This groundbreaking introductory textbook explores the emergence and development of the Bible, placing it in the broader context of world history. It particularly focuses on the role of a number of empires in the formation of the Biblical canon. * Explores the historical role the Bible has played in subsequent empires, and its enduring influence in the contemporary world, resulting in a balanced overview of the historical forces that shaped the canon * Explores topics including: the formation of the Pentateuch, the development of the earliest Old Testament stories, the historical study of the Gospel traditions surrounding Jesus; the influence of Roman rule in the provinces where Paul spent much of his ministry; and the interpretation of the Biblical texts and their use by different faith communities * Incorporates numerous student-friendly features throughout, including study questions, review sections, bibliographies, timelines, and illustrations and photos
David M. Carr is Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible atUnion Theological Seminary in New York. His previous books include Reading the Fractures of Genesis: Historical and LiteraryApproaches (1996); The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spiritualityand the Bible (2003); and Writing on the Tablet of theHeart: Origins of Scripture and Literature (2005). Colleen M. Conway is Professor of Religious Studiesat Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. Her booksinclude Men and Women in the Fourth Gospel: Gender and JohannineCharacterization (1999) and Behold the Man: Jesus and GrecoRoman Masculinity (2008).