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Oxford Companion to the Bible, The

Oxford Companion to the Bible, The

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250 scholars from 20 nations offer 700 entries ranging from brief identifications to long interpretive essays.

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A vast, essential compendium for every home and library, the first place to turn for information on the central book of Western culture.

Ranging far beyond the scope of a traditional Bible dictionary, the Companion features extended entries on religious concepts from immortality, sin and grace, to baptism, ethics and the Holy Spirit. Modern issues such as homosexuality, marriage and anti-Semitism, and the impact of the Bible on the secular world (including a four-part article on the Bible's influence on literature).

Virtually every figure who walked across the biblical stage is identified here, ranging from Rebekah, Rachel and Mary, to Joseph, Barabbas and Jesus. The Companion also offers entries that shed light on daily life in ancient Israel and the earliest Christian communities, with fascinating articles on feasts and festivals, clothing, medicine, units of time, houses and furniture.

Finally, there are twenty-eight pages of full-color maps, providing an accurate, detailed portrait of the biblical world.


" serious students of the Bible worth every penny... The really strong feature of this excellent work is the abundance of interpretive essays which distinguish it from the ordinary Bible dictionary."       ~Evening Press

"After covering most of the world's major national literatures and literary genres, with this volume the venerable Oxford Companion series finally addresses perhaps the most famous literary work of all. According to the introduction, The Oxford Companion to the Bible (OCB) 'is an authoritative reference for key persons, places, events, concepts, institutions, and realities of biblical times.'

Taking what is called a 'maximalist position,' the volume treats 'any book or part of a book that is recognized as canonical by any religious community.' Editors Metzger, coeditor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha (1991), and Coogan, an associate editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, have compiled a work that will stand for some time as a definitive one-volume treatment of the Bible."       ~Booklist

"The identity of the beast is clear; it is the absolutist state as personified in the Roman Emperor Nero. The emperors claimed divine authority and their power seemed invincible. John wanted his readers to understand that the state and its rulers were neither divine nor invincible. They were human and carried the seed of their own destruction: their number is only 666, and does not reach the completion of seven. The number was arrived at by presenting Nero’s Greek name Kaisar Neron in Hebrew letters, which also function as numbers: qsr nrwn; q=60, s=100, r=200, n=50, w=6, so qsr nrwn adds up to 666."


Bruce M. Metzger is George L. Collord Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary. A recognized authority on the text of the New Testament, he was chairperson of the NRSV Bible Committee, which produced the New Revised Standard Version, and he was co-editor (with Roland E. Murphy) of The New Oxford Annotated Bible.

Editor Metzger, Bruce
Coeditor Coogan, Michael
Author International Team of Scholars
Book Type Hardcover
Page Count 874 pp.
Publisher Oxford University Press 1993
Series Oxford Companions
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