Old Testament

1 AND 2 SAMUEL FOR EVERYONE

$15.00

Following on the heels of the successful New Testament for Everyone commentaries by N. T. Wright, John Goldingay, an internationally respected Old Testament scholar, authors this ambitious Old Testament for Everyone series. Covering Scripture from Genesis to Malachi, Goldingay addresses the texts in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school preparation, or brief visits with the Bible, the Old Testament for Everyone series is an excellent resource for the modern reader.

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9780664233792
Publication Date: 
2011-02-15

1 ENOCH

$16.00

Created in conjunction with an exhaustive critical commentary, this is the only English translation of 1 Enoch that takes into consideration all of the textual data now available in the Ethiopic version, the Greek texts, and the Dead Sea Aramaic fragments. Since only the first of two Hermeneia commentary volumes is now available, this book provides an indispensable translation of the whole work.

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9780800636944
Publication Date: 
2004-10-31

101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON THE BIBLICAL TORAH

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$12.95
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9780809142521
Publication Date: 
2003-09-30
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101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON THE HISTORICAL BOOKS OF THE BIBLE

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$16.95

This volume from the 101 Questions & Answers series, on the historical books of the Bible, provides easy to understand answers to commonly asked questions. In some cases this means going into depth on a biblical narrative such as Why did Samuel challenge or condemn Saul s leadership on several occasions? or Why does Jeremiah counsel the people of Jerusalem to accept the yoke of Babylon ?" In other cases, basic information is provided that assists the reader with background or social world details, such as What influence do topography and climate have on Israel s history? or What weapons and warfare tactics were used by the Israelites and their opponents? In some cases the volume outlines brief summaries of historical events or the major nations and peoples that have an impact on the history of ancient Israel: What role is played by the Sea Peoples in Israelite history? or Who are the Amalekites and what role do they play in Israelite history? Rounding out the collection are questions on the structure and plot of each of the historical books. Charts embedded into the text provide quick overviews of themes or information on extra-biblical sources. In every case, the answers are designed to aid the layperson, minister, or religious professional to more quickly gain a basic understanding of the biblical world and its history.

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9780809146185

101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON THE PROPHETS OF ISRAEL

$14.95

Commonly asked questions that will help readers to more quickly gain a basic understanding of the biblical world and the role of the prophets.

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9780809144785
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2007-08-31
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ABBEY PSALTER

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$47.95

The Grail edition of the Psalms, hand-lettered by Trappist monks and set for personal chanting or choir singing.

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9780809103164
Publication Date: 
1981-08-31
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ABBREVIATED PSALTER OF THE VENERABLE BED

$18.00

The Venerable Bede (A.D. 673-735), a Benedictine monk best known for his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, also compiled one of the church's oldest and most inspiring devotional books, the Abbreviated Psalter. Now this classic work is available in this first accurate English translation.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802839190
Publication Date: 
2002-12-30

ABINGDON OT COMMENTARY-PSALMS

$28.00

This second volume completes Richard Clifford's Commentary on the Psalms. The rich imagery of the Psalms has guided and molded pray-ers since ancient times. As we seek to understand the threads and colors of the Psalms, Clifford helps us see their inner dramatic logic, how they organize the experience and desires of the pray-er, and how they seek to move us. His primary concern is to help readers see the pattern and progression within the Psalms, while attending to their complex, evocative nature.

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9780687064687
Publication Date: 
2003-10-31
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AGAINST THE GRAIN

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$15.00

The skepticism, questioning, weariness, and outbursts in the book of Ecclesiastes make organized religion uncomfortable. For this reason, Ecclesiastes is often overlooked or ignored. But in doing this, we miss an important message found in this unusual voice in scripture. Ecclesiastes gives us permission to ask the questions surrounding our understanding and knowledge of God. But then it takes us further by challenging us to affirm the goodness of creation, to preserve the awe of God, and to see questioning and weariness as gifts from God. Writing in accessible language and in a straightforward manner, Waddle mixes contemporary reflections with insightful scholarship on Ecclesiastes and its meaning for us today, especially around the topics of wisdom, humility, and gratitude. Twelve chapters parallel the twelve chapters in the biblical text. In essence,

ISBN/SKU: 
9780835898133
Publication Date: 
2005-07-31
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AHAB: THE CONSTRUCTION OF A KING

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$14.95

Ahab, king of Israel during the ninth century B.C.E., did evil in the sight of the Lord more than of his predecessors" and "did more to anger the Lord, the God of Israel, than any of the kings of Israel before him" (1 Kings 16:30, 33). With this less-than-flattering introduction, modern readers meet Ahab. And that first impression is only underscored in the remaining biblical account of the notorious king's reign.

In "Ahab: The Construction of a King," Walsh sheds new, if not always more positive, light on this character. He begins by pointing out that the historical Ahab, insofar as we can retrieve him, seems to have been a stabilizing and successful political leader. Walsh then uses narrative criticism to examine more closely how the biblical text paints its generally negative portrait of Ahab.

Finally, Walsh uses source and redaction criticism to trace how the king's positive image might have been transformed into the negative one we encounter in the text. In the end, Walsh leads readers to a greater appreciation for both the richness of the biblical text and the complexity of the truths contained therein.

"Jerome T. Walsh, SSL, PhD, is editor of the series "Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry." He is author of "1 Kings" in that series (Liturgical Press, 1996). More recently Walsh authored "Style and Structure in Biblical Hebrew Narrative" (Liturgical Press, 2001). He is a member of the Society of Biblical literature and of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and currently holds the Tschoepe Chair of Homiletics in the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies of the University of Dallas.""

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9780814651766
Publication Date: 
2006-09-30
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE

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The cultures of the great empires of the ancient Near East from Egypt to Mesopotamia influenced Israel's religion, literature, and laws because of Israel's geographic location and political position situation. Anyone who wishes to understand the Old Testament texts and the history of ancient Israel must become familiar with the history, literature, and society of the surrounding kingdoms that at times controlled the region. Brief in presentation yet broad in scope, Ancient Near East will introduce students to the information and ideas essential to understanding the texts of the Old Testament while clarifying difficult issues concerning the relationship between Israel and its neighbors.

Abingdon Essential Guides fulfill the need for brief, substantive, yet highly accessible introductions to the core disciplines in biblical, theological, and religious studies.

The only way humans can know God s Word is through human words that arise in human cultures. Without knowledge of ancient cultures, no words about God can be understood deeply. Without knowledge of ancient cultures, biblical interpretation can be distorted, mistaken, or even wrong.John McLaughlin has written a wonderful book in clear English that describes literary works and cultural worlds of major civilizations in antiquity that have bearing on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. He explains basic concepts, terminology, and texts to help students, scholars, and even perhaps preachers who want to understand God s word expressed through human words.
--Kathleen M. O Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, emeriti, Columbia Theological Seminary

In this work, John McLaughlin offers a special invitation to readers of the Bible to comprehend biblical writings in a fresh way by showing how they relate to the literatures of ancient Middle Eastern empires and peoples. Chapter-by-chapter, this book gives a tour of the ancient lands and their texts, showing the rich and deep parallels that they share with the Bible.The chapters walk readers through Mesopotamia and Egypt, through the Hittite and Persian empires, to Greece and finally to Israel s immediate neighbors.Without needing any background, readers will be able to enjoy new discoveries about Israel and its Scriptures.
--Mark S. Smith, Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, New York University"

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9781426753275
Publication Date: 
2012-09-30
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AND I WILL PRAISE HIM: A GUIDE TO PERSON

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Examines the origin of the Psalms, the language they use, the comfort they bring, and the faith they inspire. Includes interactive study questions for each chapter.

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9780825420115
Publication Date: 
1999-07-15
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ARCHAEOLOGY OF QUMRAN AND THE DEAD SEA S

$18.00

The Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most interesting and important archaeological discoveries ever made, and the excavation of the Qumran community itself has provided invaluable information about Judaism and the Jewish world in the last centuries B.C.E.
Like the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, the Qumran site continues to be the object of intense scholarly debate. In a book meant to introduce general readers to this fascinating area of study, veteran archaeologist Jodi Magness here provides an overview of the archaeology of Qumran and presents an exciting new interpretation of this ancient community based on information found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and other contemporary documents.
Magness's work offers a number of fresh conclusions concerning life at Qumran. She agrees that Qumran was a sectarian settlement but rejects other unconventional views, including the view that Qumran was a "villa rustica" or manor house. By carefully analyzing the published information on Qumran, she refines the site's chronology, reinterprets the purpose of some of its rooms, and reexamines the archaeological evidence for the presence of women and children in the settlement. Numerous photos and diagrams give readers a firsthand look at the site.
Written with an expert's insight yet with a journalist's spunk, this engaging book is sure to reinvigorate discussion of this monumental archaeological find.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802826879
Publication Date: 
2003-07-01

ARCHAEOLOGY OF QUMRAN AND THE DEAD SEA S

$26.00

The Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most interestingand important archaeological discoveries evermade, and the excavation of the Qumran communityitself has provided invaluable informationabout Judaism and the Jewish world in the lastcenturies b.c.e.Like the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, the Qumransite continues to be the object of intensescholarly debate. In a book meant to introducegeneral readers to this fascinating area of study, veteran archaeologist Jodi Magness here providesan overview of the archaeology of Qumran andpresents an exciting new interpretation of thisancient community based on information foundin the Dead Sea Scrolls and other contemporarydocuments.Magnesss work offers a number of freshconclusions concerning life at Qumran. Sheagrees that Qumran was a sectarian settlementbut rejects other conventional views, includingthe view that Qumran was a villa rustica ormanor house. By carefully analyzing the publishedinformation on Qumran, she refines thesites chronology, reinterprets the purpose ofsome of its rooms, and reexamines the archaeologicalevidence for the presence of women andchildren in the settlement.Written with an experts insight yet with ajournalists clarity, this engaging book is sure toreinvigorate discussion of this monumentalarchaeological find.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802845894
Publication Date: 
2002-07-31

AT THE SCENT OF WATER: THE GROUND OF HOPE IN THE BOOK OF JOB

$16.00

In this remarkable rereading of the biblical book of Job often discussed as an attempt to justify the ways of God to man J.Gerald Janzen brings new light to Job s story, showing how God invites Job to give up the traditional logic of reward-punishment for a life-affirming strategy of risk-reward. From this perspective, affirmation of life in the face of all its vulnerabilities is the path to true participation in the mystery of existence. / At the Scent of Water traces Job s journey from prosperity, through calamity and bitter anguish, to an encounter with God s presence in a rainstorm that renews the earth and his own appetite for life. / Janzen includes a candid epilogue on his own struggle with aggressive prostate cancer, which enabled him to connect personally with Job and to find a fresh and illuminating grace. At the Scent of Water will especially resonate with any readers who have experienced grief or suffering."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802848291
Publication Date: 
2009-07-31

AWAKE MY HEART

$14.95

With a masterful hand, Frederick bassett has fashioned the pungent, sharp-edged verses of Biblical poetry into well-crafted psalms of sorrow and praise that cry out for the reader to give them voice.

The psalms of sorrow detail the dark landscapes of human existence with vivid exactitude and with bold emotional openness. The psalms of praise celebrate the luminous dimensions of human experience -- the wonder of God's majesty and steadfast love, the beauty of God's creation, and the joy of living in accordance with God's law.

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9781557251992
Publication Date: 
2005-12-02
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BECOMING THE PSALMS A SPIRITUALITY OF SINGING AND PRAYING THE PSALMS

$12.95

Cantors throughout the United States and elsewhere have long known Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, as a reliable teacher and mentor in how they understand and practice their important ministry. In "Becoming the Psalms," she explores the spirituality of the psalms, a spirituality that shaped God s people in the past, forms the church today, and leads us into the future. Each chapter offers cantors who pray and sing the psalms a better understanding of the role of the psalms in shaping faith.

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9780814648599
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2015-05-31
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BEGINNING OLD TESTAMENT STUDY

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$16.99

Beginning Old Testament Study introduces beginners to biblical scholarship in clear language and readable style. The authors, all leading international academicians, focus on key issues for Old Testament study, raising questions that students will be bound to encounter as they move forward in their studies, including history, theology, ethics, method, worldview, and the relationship of Old Testament to New.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780827202276
Publication Date: 
2001-12-31

BESIDE QUIET WATERS

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The Psalms are often viewed as ancient poems with little relevance in today's society. They can be difficult to read, obscure in their imagery, and even cruel and violent in their messages.

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9780826411457
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1999-02-28
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BEYOND THE ESSENE HYPOTHESIS

$25.00

Respected scholar Gabriele Boccaccini here offers readers a new and challenging view of the ideology of the Qumran sect, the community closely related with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Boccaccini moves beyond the Essene hypothesis and posits a unique relationship between what he terms "Enochic Judaism" and the group traditionally known as the Essenes.
Building his case on what the ancient records tell us about the Essenes and on a systematic analysis of the documents found at Qumran, Boccaccini argues that the literature betrays the core of an ancient and distinct variety of Second Temple Judaism. Tracing the development of this tradition, Boccaccini shows that the Essene community at Qumran was really the offspring of the Enochic party, which in turn contributed to the birth of parties led by John the Baptist and Jesus. Convincingly argued, this work will surely spark fresh debate in the discussion on the Qumran community and their famous writings.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802843609
Publication Date: 
1998-03-29

BIBLE AT QUMRAN

$22.00

"The Bible at Qumran" puts the Dead Sea Scrolls to use in exploring two principal themes: the text and shape of the "Bible" at Qumran and the interpretation of these scriptures in this fascinating Jewish community. Written by leading scholars in the field, these informed studies make an important contribution to our understanding of the biblical text at a pivotal period in history.
Contributors:
Martin G. Abegg Jr.
James E. Bowley
Craig A. Evans
Peter W. Flint
James A. Sanders
James M. Scott
Eugene Ulrich
James C. VanderKam
Robert W. Wall
Bruce K. Waltke

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802846303
Publication Date: 
2001-03-25

BIBLE FROM SCRATCH THE OLD TESTAMENT FOR BEGINNERS

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$14.95

Well-known educator Don Griggs has written an accessible, easy-to-understand overview of the Bible for adults who have--or fear they have--little or no Bible knowledge. In two volumes, one each for the Old and New Testaments, Griggs guides us through the Bible and introduces basic tools and skills for Bible study.

Donald L. Griggs' popular volumes The Bible from Scratch: The Old Testament for Beginners and The Bible from Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners present basic themes, histories, personalities, and meanings of the Bible. A leader's guide and participant section are included for each book, making each volume an excellent resource for group or individual study.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664225766
Publication Date: 
2002-01-31

BIBLE WITH SOURCES REVEALED

$22.95

One of the World's Foremost Bible Experts Offers a Groundbreaking Presentation of the Five Books of Moses

In The Bible with Sources Revealed, Richard Elliott Friedman offers a new, visual presentation of the Five Books of Moses -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy -- unlocking the complex and fascinating tapestry of their origins. Different colors and type styles allow readers to easily identify each of the distinct sources, showcasing Friedman's highly acclaimed and dynamic translation.

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9780060730659
Publication Date: 
2005-08-15
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BIBLICAL NOVELLAS TOBIT JUDITH ESTHER 1 AND 2 MACCABEES

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$12.99

In times of crisis, there always remain the faithful few: men and women who go to great lengths to show mercy and provide hope to those around them and the entire world. With courage and dedication, they attest to life after death and shun the common traps of seeking favor and bending to human will. The books of the Bible explored in this volume tell the stories of such people, most of which occurred well after the Babylonian exile. Though not included in every translation, the characters and events are well known throughout religious history.

Part of the Liguori Catholic Bible Study, a series of 21 books introducing each book of the Bible, providing insight into the sacred words of antiquity and inviting you to discover the living Word and its impact on our daily lives. The narrative, study questions, reflections, key notes, prayers, and an introduction to the spiritual practice of lectio divina will deepen your understanding of Scripture.

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9780764821387
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2014-11-30
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BLOOD AND THE SHROUD

$25.00

The Shroud of Turin remains one of the enduring mysteries of our age. No convincing explanation has yet been given for the "negative" image of a crucified man transferred to a length of cloth and preserved in Turin for the last four centuries. Although radiocarbon dating of the fabric in 1988 indicated it to be medieval, synchronous with the Shroud's first recorded appearance in the 1350s, there is still no satisfactory explanation for the image itself. Was it painted? If so, by whom? How could the artist have understood perspective before this technique was "discovered" in the Renaissance? How could he have painted an image in negative with no means to see and check it?

With so many questions about the Shroud as inexplicably unresolved as ever; with the radiocarbon dating findings only deepening the riddle, not solving it; and with the Shroud about to be shown again, in 1998 and 2000; an overview and an up-to-date consideration of the evidence is overdue. Here, Ian Wilson returns to the subject of his international bestseller, "The Shroud of Turin", to reveal such startling findings as the discovery of human blood and DNA on the Shroud; the uncovering of historical evidence that something very like the Shroud existed at the time Jesus lived; the discovery of a "bioplastic coating" of living microorganisms which, if it had been carbondated in 1988, would have indicated that the Shroud was some one thousand years older than it was thought to be; and the new analysis of the photographic-negative-like image on the Shroud.

Wilson's landmark book on this subject, "The Shroud of Turin", was published in 1978. In the intervening twenty years, in addition to the radiocarbon dating, much additional research has been done on the Shroud, and the dating process itself scrutinized. Ian Wilson's pursuit of every discipline related to the Shroud, including art history, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, photography, and archaeology, has equipped him to give the most authoritative answer yet to the question: Did the Shroud wrap the body of Christ? His enthralling text, with its objective but persuasive answers, tells us as much as it is currently possible to know. It also makes it possible for us to believe.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780684853598
Publication Date: 
1998-03-31
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