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Alan Avery-Peck and Jacob Neusner eds. James D. Dunn ed. A dreary slog, oddly-translated, but considered a classic textbook. Devorah Dimant ed. Fun Books A. Gazzillions of posts on the New Testament by one of my favourite scholars. Early Jewish Writings. An introduction and links to translations of the Old Testament parabiblical literature.

Simply a wonderful resource. You should also investigate the New Testament equivalent. The Bible and Interpretation. Latest advances, discussions and controversies. Mark Poyser's Bible Diagrams.


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A vast collection of timelines and diagrams on biblical history. Encyclopedia Judaica. Judaism A great introduction to Judaism. Mahlon H. Smith, Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, has a great website, Virtual Religion Network, with buckets of info: from the timetable of the Dead Sea Scrolls, to a detailed study of the synoptic gospels. He also has a staggering amount of links to other trusted resources. Mahlon has a lot to teach all of us. Mark Goodacre's site NTGateway is a veritable treasure trove of information about the earliest days of Christianity. Big Charts Why not download my free poster-sized chart of Old Testament history , and then my poster on Early Christianity?

Podcasts Worth Visiting Check out these podcasts. Academic Podcasts Bart Ehrman's blog in audio form.


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Each show has readings from two blog posts, curated and read by John P. Episodes are in short 15 minute chunks, and very nicely done. From his accent and delivery, you would swear he was Richard Dawkins' twin brother. Stephen Guerra's History of the Papacy. A podcast about much more than the history of the popes. Stephen lets his muse take him where he will. He has produced eleven episodes just on the First Council of Nicaea.

You would not get that amount of information if you were doing a Master's in the subject. Slightly dotty compendia of all things Biblical. The History in the Bible Podcast is in a very different style, and complements nicely Dr Price's zany topical shows. Philip A. Harland's Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean. An excellent source on many advanced topics in Israelite religion and early Christianity. Scott Chesworth's The Ancient World. A rollicking survey of almost 3, years of history. A magisterial work that he actually gets paid to make.

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The bastard. Lance Ralston's Communio Sanctorum. A long-running labour of love on the history of Christianity. Lance is so dedicated that he reworked and re-recorded his entire first 35 episodes into better versions. You have to admire that sort of comittment.

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This podcast is about words and language, not history. But hang on to your hats folks, he has a lot of episodes about the language in the Bible. Steve Guerra's Beyond the Big Screen. A jolly lot of fun where the host and his guests review a whole host of movies about historical subjects. Don Falkos' Two Minute Bible.

The Bible, told as a continuous story in two-minute chunks each episode. A real delight.

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Beautifully told, a definite keeper. Around 18, the King decided to seize full control of Judah, so he dispatched Jeremiah to the Assyrians with a mission to fetch home the remaining diaspora Hebrews. The next answers to the question of who wrote the Bible come from the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings , generally believed to have been written during the Babylonian captivity in the middle of the sixth century B.

Whether it was these priests of the Deuteronomy era or their successors that wrote Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings, these texts represent a highly mythologized history of their newly dispossessed people thanks to the Babylonian captivity. Wikimedia Commons A rendering of the Jews forced into labor during their time in Egypt. This history opens with the Hebrews getting a commission from God to leave their Egyptian captivity which probably resonated with the contemporary readers who had the Babylonian captivity on their minds and utterly dominate the Holy Land.

Wikimedia Commons The prophet Isaiah. Finally, the third part of the book of Isaiah was clearly written after the Babylonian captivity ended in B. Wikimedia Commons The prophet Jeremiah. His own book may have been written by him, or by a man named Baruch ben Neriah, whom he mentions as one of his scribes.

Ezekiel : Ezekiel ben-Buzi was a priesthood member living in Babylon itself during the captivity. These also might have been the writers who survived Ezekiel to draft the P texts after the captivity. Wisdom Literature Wikimedia Commons Job. These books are the finished product of nearly a thousand years of development and heavy editing.

Unlike the histories, which are theoretically non-fiction accounts of stuff that happened, wisdom literature has been redacted over the centuries with an extremely casual attitude that has made it hard to pin down any single book to any single author. Some patterns, however, have emerged:. On either side of that epic poem in the middle of Job are much more recent writings. Section one of Job contains a very modern narrative of setup and exposition, which was typical of the Western tradition and indicates that this part was written after Alexander the Great swept over Judah in B.

The happy ending of Job is also very much in this tradition. Between these two sections, the list of misfortunes that Job endures, and his tumultuous confrontation with God, are written in a style that would have been around eight or nine centuries old when the beginning and ending were written.

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Proverbs was likewise continuously updated until about the mid-second century B. Wikimedia Commons A rendering of the Greeks taking Persia. Reading Esther 7. Pointing to Jesus. Read Read Facebook Twitter Email. Understanding the Bible: The History Books. Lands of the Bible.

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