David Alexander and Pat Alexander, eds. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1992)
The paperback edition of a popular 1973 book, with extensively revised text, over 500 illustrations, maps and charts. In 690 colorful pages, it relates the Bible to current issues as well as giving its historical context, discusses both Old and New Testaments book by book and contains indexes for themes, names, places an events.
In the Fullness of Time: A Historian Looks at Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church
Paul L. Maier (San Francisco: Harper/San Francisco, 1991)
More than any other religion, Christianity claims to be based on a series of specific historical events. This revised, updated one-volume edition of three brief histories for the general reader incorporates archaeology, linguistics and even law not to prove or disprove the authenticity of events or individuals mentioned in the New Testament but to explain the cultural context of pivotal events in the life of Jesus and in the early church.
Who’s Who of World Religions
John R. Hinnells, ed. (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1992)
Alphabetical entries on individuals as varied as Gilgamesh and Billy Graham who figure prominently in 26 religions, from traditional African groups to Zoroastrianism. Detailed and readable, the 1500 entries by 68 scholars place religion in a global framework. They are augmented by maps, an extensive bibliography for the different religions, an index keyed to each religious group and a general index.
Literary Forms in the New Testament: A Handbook
James L. Bailey and Lyle D. Vander Broek (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1992)
Brief, clear descriptions of how New Testament literary forms—including parables, sermons and letters—affect our understanding of the text in much the same way as differences between editorials, obituaries and feature stories influence our reading of newspapers today. Contains suggestions on how to apply the concepts discussed to interpretation of the Scriptures.
Eerdmans Handbook to the Bible
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