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TEMPLES TITHES & TAXES

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'Temples, Tithes, and Taxes' explores possible ways in which the Jerusalem temple followed the other temples in the greater Ancient Near East over the ages in terms of its impact upon the economics of the country, both during the monarchy and the Persian period.
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November 1, 2006

TOUCHING THE ALTAR OF GOD

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What does it mean to be in the presence of God's holiness? How can it affect us whether we seek it out or stumble upon it? Can it truly change our very reality to encounter it?

The essayists in this volume explore these questions at the heart of Christian worship, considering the oft-neglected Old Testament as essential to understand our purpose in worship. Following the structure of the Hebrew canon -- beginning with the Pentateuch, moving through to the Psalms, then wisdom literature -- each chapter considers a separate aspect of worship, from theater to the Sabbath to sacred space, offering new inspiration. In the final essay Carol Bechtel -rereads the book of Job through the lens of our human limitations (as opposed to the usual theme of theodicy), - with compelling applications for both life and worship.

Each of these essays concludes with two appropriately themed hymns and a -For Further Reading- list. Five of the seven contain sidebars that illustrate and enrich key points. Evocative woodcut artwork by Margaret Adams Parker provides a striking backdrop to the text. Taken together, these essays testify powerfully to the belief that the Old Testament is not only valuable but also essential to -whole- and fully foundational preaching and worship.

Written primarily by Old Testament professors, Touching the Altar will make an engaging supplemental text for introductory or elective Old Testament courses and will also go far toward providing deeper worship for any Christian.

Contributors:
Carol M. Bechtel
Thomas A. Boogaart
Corrine L. Carvalho
Ellen F. Davis
J. Clinton McCann Jr.
Dennis T. Olson
Margaret Adams Parker
John D. Witvliet
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9780802828484
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January 14, 2008

Warfare in the Old Testament the Organization Weapons & Tactics of Ancient Near Eastern Armies

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Understand the OT world better through the warfare that shaped it

Warfare in the Old Testament helps bridge the gap between the modern reader and the world of the Old Testament by using textual and physical evidence to describe ancient military practices. Seevers paints a realistic picture of how Israel and the surrounding nations did battle, adding depthand impact to the relevant biblical accounts. Filled with illustrations, this full-color volume explores the archaeological evidenceand early writings that shed light on biblical warfare between Israel and its neighbors: Egypt, Philistia, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. Of special interest are Seevers's treatments of the role that religion played in these ancient warfare practices.

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Warfare in the Old Testament the Organization Weapons & Tactics of Ancient Near Eastern Armies NR

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Understand the OT world better through the warfare that shaped it

Warfare in the Old Testament helps bridge the gap between the modern reader and the world of the Old Testament by using textual and physical evidence to describe ancient military practices. Seevers paints a realistic picture of how Israel and the surrounding nations did battle, adding depthand impact to the relevant biblical accounts. Filled with illustrations, this full-color volume explores the archaeological evidenceand early writings that shed light on biblical warfare between Israel and its neighbors: Egypt, Philistia, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. Of special interest are Seevers's treatments of the role that religion played in these ancient warfare practices.

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WHO WERE THE EARLY ISRAELITES

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Dever (Near Eastern archaeology, University of Arizona) explores controversies regarding the true nature of ancient Israel and presents the archaeological evidence for assessing the accuracy of biblical narratives. He posits that the ancestors of the Israelite peoples were most likely Canaanites who
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December 31, 2004

WOMENS LIVES IN BIBLICAL TIMES

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This volume describes the lifecycle events and daily life activities experienced by girls and women in ancient Israel examining recent biblical scholarship and other textual evidence from the ancient Near East and Egypt including archaeological, iconographic and ethnographic data. From this Ebeling creates a detailed, accessible description of the lives of women living in the central highland villages of Iron Age I (ca. 1200-1000 BCE) Israel. The book opens with an introduction that provides a brief historical survey of Iron Age (ca. 1200-586 BCE) Israel, a discussion of the problems involved in using the Hebrew Bible as a source, a rationale for the project and a brief narrative of one woman's life in ancient Israel to put the events described in the book into context. It continues with seven thematic chapters that chronicle her life, focusing on the specific events, customs, crafts, technologies and other activities in which an Israelite female would have participated on a daily basis.
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April 7, 2010