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The Cambridge Companion to the Bible (Companions to Religion) Paperback – November 12, 2007
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'This resource book offered by Cambridge University Press is a rich, accessible, and reliable reference. It provides state-of-the-art scholarship that connects each of the Biblical books to its socio-historical context. Its offer of 'social history' is broad and deep. Such a perspective is crucial in the current 'battle for the Bible,' and the work here is exceedingly well done. Its publication will immediately make it a primary reference for serious students of the Bible." ---Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"A clear, up-to-date and authoritative account of the Bible by the leaders of the field, the new edition of the Cambridge Companion defines the context in which the Bible is read for history, literature, religion and theology, the best path into Scripture now in print." --Jacob Neusner, Bard College
"An excellent update of a masterful work! The Cambridge Companion to the Bible, Second Edition is packed with indispensable information for understanding the world's best-selling and most influential book. It somehow manages to be both studious and exhilarating, thorough yet remarkably concise. No other Bible companion is as competently informed by modern archaeological research or by historical analysis of the societies for which the biblical writings were produced. The main text, trustworthy and illuminating in its own right, is supplemented by more than 250 sidebars that render the volume ripe for browsing and provide a wealth of information on intriguing topics. As a bonus, the Companion also treats the significant apocryphal works that did not come to be numbered among the "sacred sixty-six" books of the Christian canon but that are revealing of Jewish and Christian religion nevertheless." --Mark Allan Powell, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, author of Loving Jesus
"... within the paradigm of critical scholarship on the Bible adopted by the editors, this work constitutes a high water mark." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"...this revised edition is a magnificent teaching and learning tool, one of the best introductory companions to the Bible on the market." --Casimir Bernas, Holy Trinity Abbey: Religious Studies Review
Top Customer Reviews
For general reference, it can stand comparison with any other single Bible 'companion' availability and the standard of scholarship is, on the whole, high.
Most of the contributors to this volume have excellent academic credentials and the overall quality of the presentation, printing, and general finish of this book is similarly pleasing. The book contains an excellent and - what would appear to be - an extensive index and has a copious number of specific articles written by a range of specialist in that particular field.
This reviewer is happy to commend this volume for general Bible study and to provide introductory research material for undergraduate students et al.
Michael Calum Jacques
However, as I read, I came across some strange statements, one of which was that Jesus was a disciple of John the Baptist. I read a little further and found a comment that Ezekiel was possibly engaging in street theater (and this accounts for some of his actions). There were other odd bits of information lurking about.
I decided to look up the authors and editor involved. Bruce Chilton is a member of The Jesus Seminar.
I am now unfortunately having to throw the baby out with the bathwater, as I do not trust the rest of the information here.
I shared this with my Episcopalian minister, also not a Christian fundamentalist, and he agreed this book sounds suspect. He recommended the Anchor Bible series instead; unfortunately that is a much more expensive way to go.
This book may be okay for some; I do not agree with some of what I've seen as I said.