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PROSTITUTES & POLYGAMISTS

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Jacob and Solomon were polygamists. Tamar and Rahab were prostitutes. What are polygamists and prostitutes doing on the pages of Holy Scripture? And God told the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute. What about Cain--did he really marry his sister? Abraham did, and he was also a polygamist. Lot offered his daughters up for rape, David committed adultery (or rape?) and the Bible calls both men righteous. Love, Old Testament style, was bizarre.

As readers of the Old Testament encounter these weird, confusing, and horrific "love" stories they ask, "What's up with sex in the Old Testament?" The church often ignores the R-rated bits of the Bible, so it's hard for people to find answers to their disturbing questions about sex in Scripture, which can lead people to give up on God and God's word.

However, these stories were included in the Bible for a reason, to reveal an even more shocking "love" story. When humans behave badly, God behaves graciously. God not only forgives people with sexual baggage, but also redeems their lives and includes them in his mission. God's word records their story to benefit us. Just as sex was not often ideal in the Old Testament, it's often not ideal today. Instead of ignoring these stories, Prostitutes and Polygamists engages, discusses, and learns from them.

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September 1, 2015

RAGING TORRENT 2ND EDITION HISTORICAL INSCRIPTIONS FROM ASSYRIA & BABYLONIA RELATING TO

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Featuring cuneiform documents newly translated into English, The Raging Torrent: Second Updated and Expanded Edition by Mordechai Cogan, Ph.D, is a comprehensive collection of royal inscriptions and chronographic texts from Assyria and Babylonia. Covering a period of just over three hundred years during the first half of the 1st millennium BCE, The Raging Torrent tells the story of the military encounters between the Mesopotamian empires and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, which led in most cases to their submission and ultimate downfall. Many of the texts relate to events described in the Hebrew Bible, while others provide information about affairs that were unknown until their rediscovery in modern times. All the texts have been newly translated from the original cuneiform documents and are accompanied by a consecutive commentary and select bibliography.


Illustrative material maps and photographs of relevant artifacts provide additional accessibility to the sources of this intriguing period in the history of the ancient Near East.

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January 1, 2015

RELIGION & CULTURE IN ANCIENT ISRAEL

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Religion in ancient Israel didn't develop in a vacuum; it was influenced by the Near Eastern culture around it as much as it in turn influenced that culture. Dearman explores that dynamic interplay in this thought-provoking study. Using archaeological and literary evidence (both biblical and extrabiblical) he shows how distinctive Old Testament traditions (such as the paradoxical role of the prophets) flourished in the interaction of Israelite religion with cultural and political forces, while other traditions languished.Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel by J. Andrew Dearman is the comprehensive study of religious forms and customs that has been needed by the discipline for many years. . . . Dearman's work is a mixture of traditional and social scientific examinations of the world of ancient Israel and its social matrix. From its opening use of Clifford Geertz' definition of 'religion, ' a tone is set, but not one that 'over interprets' the available sources. There is no parallelomania here, no exaggeration of archaeological data, no theological agenda, and no attempt to rehash Albright or Gottwald. Instead, Dearman provides a fresh approach, geared to both a historical and a literary examination of religious forms and phenomena in ancient Israel. . . . The goal of any textbook is to provide (1) information in a systematic manner and (2) to hold the interest of the reader so that the author's message gets across to his or her audience. Dearman has succeeded well with both of these. Victor Matthews, Professor of Religious Studies, Southwest Missouri State University
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December 1, 1999

ROOTS OF RABBINIC JUDAISM

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In a bold challenge to the long-held scholarly notion that Rabbinic Judaism was already an established presence during the Second Temple period, Gabriele Boccaccini here argues that Rabbinic Judaism was actually a daring reform movement that developed following the destruction of the Jerusalem temple and that only took shape in the first centuries of the common era. Through careful analysis of Second Temple sources, Boccaccini explores the earliest roots of the Rabbinic system of thought in the period from the Babylonian exile to the Maccabean revolt, or from Ezekiel to Daniel. He argues convincingly that a line of thought links Rabbinic Judaism back to Zadokite Judaism through the mediation of the Pharisaic movement. Sure to be widely debated, Roots of Rabbinic Judaism will be of interest to anyone studying the origins and development of modern Judaism.
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SOCIAL WORLD OF ANCIENT ISRAEL

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Getting a fix on the social context of the Hebrew Bible is imperative for anyone reconstructing either the "story" of the text or the "history" behind the text. Resources in this area often prove overspecialized and arcane, and can require highly sophisticated skills in cultural anthropology or Semitic languages just to read the table of contents. Social World of Ancient Israel, 1250-587 BCE, offers those interested in learning about the biblical world a more user-friendly framework for viewing the broader picture; at the same time it relies upon the latest methodologies of cultural anthropology and biblical analysis in its presentation. Painting a picture in broad but precise strokes, the authors portray the landscape of ancient Israel in new and exciting colors that expert and student alike will appreciate.
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January 1, 1992

SUMERIANS

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The Sumerians, the pragmatic and gifted people who preceded the Semites in the land first known as Sumer and later as Babylonia, created what was probably the first high civilization in the history of man, spanning the fifth to the second millenniums B.C. This book is an unparalleled compendium of what is known about them.

Professor Kramer communicates his enthusiasm for his subject as he outlines the history of the Sumerian civilization and describes their cities, religion, literature, education, scientific achievements, social structure, and psychology. Finally, he considers the legacy of Sumer to the ancient and modern world.

"There are few scholars in the world qualified to write such a book, and certainly Kramer is one of them. . . . One of the most valuable features of this book is the quantity of texts and fragments which are published for the first time in a form available to the general reader. For the layman the book provides a readable and up-to-date introduction to a most fascinating culture. For the specialist it presents a synthesis with which he may not agree but from which he will nonetheless derive stimulation."-American Journal of Archaeology

"An uncontested authority on the civilization of Sumer, Professor Kramer writes with grace and urbanity."-Library Journal

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February 15, 1971

TABERNACLE

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The Tabernacle dominates fifty chapters in the Old Testament, while all of creation requires only two. Yet attaining an understanding of the design and significance of God's first house among His people gets scant attention in most churches today.

A proper understanding of the Tabernacle provides a graphic understanding of God's redemptive program. It clearly pictures sinful man, holy God, and the incredible price required to bring the two together. A grasp of the Tabernacle's sacrifices, services, and priesthood is prerequisite to a proper understanding of more than half the book of Hebrews, and countless other New Testament passages.

While numerous books have been written on the Tabernacle, most focus on its services, virtually omitting the priesthood and the various sacrifices. Newer Tabernacle books are often sketchy in their content, overly fanciful in their typology, and include exaggerated anti-types of Christ that the text never intended.

David M. Levy provides a resource equally helpful for those with little Bible knowledge and those with many years of personal Bible study, promising to challenge the reader with the significance of the Tabernacle.

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September 24, 2003

TABERNACLE LEADER GUIDE

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This is the Leader Guide for the Tabernacle DVD-Based study. It will help you guide your small group or Bible study through Shawn Barnard's in depth explanation of the Tabernacle and all of its symbolism and details. Also available are the Tabernacle DVD Participant Guides.
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June 12, 2013

TABERNACLE OVERHEADS

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Tabernacle Overhead Transparencies shows full-color set of illustrations and drawings of every major part of the Tabernacle including (1) full-color illustration of the Tabernacle and courts, (2) Tabernacle bird's-eye view. (3) the gate entrance, (4) life in the court, (5) priest at the bronze altar, (6) bronze altar detail, (7) priest at the brass laver, (8) bronze laver detail, (9) curtains of the sanctuary, (10) entrance to the Tabernacle, (11) the Holy Place, (12) the golden vessels, (13) golden lampstand, (14) table of showbread, (15) altar of incense, (16) veil, (17) the Ark of the Covenant, (18) the Mercy Seat, (19) the high priest and his garments, and (20) the breastplate. We think you will like this new set even more than the previous set, which is no longer available. Perfect for adults and children. Also available as a PowerPoint presentation (see above).
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January 1, 2004

Tabernacle Participant Guide

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This is the companion participant guide to The Tabernacle, the ONLY DVD study from The Tabernacle Experience on the market! This guide provides discussion questions, session overviews, and additional information to help enhance your understanding of The Tabernacle. It covers all 6 sessions included in the Tabernacle DVD-based study. Now easily visualize what the Tabernacle looked like, and learn about the steps of worship the Lord specifically designed to dwell with his people. This DVD has more footage than any other tour of a life-size Tabernacle. Sessions include: 1. Tabernacle 2. The Altar of Burnt Offering 3. The Bronze Laver 4. The Lampstand 5. The Table of Bread and the Altar of Incense 6. The Veil, the Ark, and the Mercy Seat
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Tabnernacle 6 Session DVD

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The ONLY DVD study from The Tabernacle Experience on the market! This is the best expert-guided tour of a life-size Tabernacle available! The Tabernacle Experience presents a 6-session video tour with expert explanations, walking you through a life-size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle in the Wilderness. As you work your way from the outer courts into The Most Holy Place, your teacher Shawn Bernard explains the significance and symbolism of each part of the Tabernacle. Dont just read about the TabernacleEXPERIENCE it. With this 6-session Tabernacle DVD-based study you can now easily visualize what the Tabernacle looked like, and learn about the steps of worship the Lord specifically designed to dwell with his people. This DVD has more footage than any other tour of a life-size Tabernacle. Sessions include: 1. Tabernacle 2. The Altar of Burnt Offering 3. The Bronze Laver 4. The Lampstand 5. The Table of Bread and the Altar of Incense 6. The Veil, the Ark, and the Mercy Seat
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TEACHING HISTORY & HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY

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Teaching History & Historical Geography of Bible Lands encompasses a lifetime of academic achievement and teaching. Anson F. Rainey, M.Th., Ph.D., is rightly known for his incomparable knowledge of Ancient Languages and extensive experience in the field of biblical studies. This syllabus includes 20 lesson outlines for teaching history and historical geography of Bible lands during the Bronze and Iron Ages.
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