The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land covers the 3,000 years which saw the rise of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - and relates the familiar stories of the sacred texts with the fruits of modern scholarship. Beginning with the...
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The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land covers the 3,000 years which saw the rise of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - and relates the familiar stories of the sacred texts with the fruits of modern scholarship. Beginning with the origins of the people who became the Israel of theBible, it follows the course of the ensuing millennia down to the time when the Ottoman Empire succumbed to British and French rule at the end of the First World War.Parts of the story, especially as known from the Bible, will be widely familiar. Less familiar are the ways in which modern research, both from archaeology and from other ancient sources, sometimes modify this story historically. Better understanding, however, enables us to appreciate crucialchapters in the story of the Holy Land, such as how and why Judaism developed in the way that it did from the earlier sovereign states of Israel and Judah and the historical circumstances in which Christianity emerged from its Jewish cradle. Later parts of the story are vital not only for the history of Islam and its relationships with the two older religions, but also for the development of pilgrimage and religious tourism, as well as the notions of sacred space and of holy books with which we are still familiar today. From the time ofNapoleon on, European powers came increasingly to develop both cultural and political interest in the region, culminating in the British and French conquests which carved out the modern states of the Middle East. Sensitive to the concerns of those for whom the sacred books of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are of paramount religious authority, the authors all try sympathetically to show how historical information from other sources, as well as scholarly study of the texts themselves, enriches ourunderstanding of the history of the region and its prominent position in the world's cultural and intellectual history.
Hugh G M Williamson (M.A., Ph.D., University of Cambridge; D.D., University of Oxford; F.B.A.,) is Regius Professor of Hebrew at University of Oxford, Christ Church and within the Faculty of Oriental Studies. He has recently completed the highly acclaimed Isaiah 1-5 (International Critical Commentary Series) and the award winning Ezra-Nehemiah (Word Bible Commentary).
Other publications include Variations on a Theme: King, Messiah and Servant in the Book of Isaiah; Israel in the Books of Chronicles (Cambridge); 1 and 2 Chronicles (New Century Bible) and The Book Called Isaiah: Deutero-Isaiahs Role in Composition and Redaction.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- Introduction 1: Avraham Faust: The Birth Of Israel 2: Lester L. Grabbe: Iron Age: Tribes To Monarchy 3: Andre Lemaire: Israel And Judah: C. 931-587 Bce 4: H. G. M. Williamson: Babylonian Exile And Restoration: 587-325 Bce 5: John J. Collins: The Hellenistic And Roman Era 6: Konstantin Klein: A Christian Holy Land: 284-638 Ce 7: Milka Levy-rubin: The Coming Of Islam 8: Carole Hillenbrand: The Holy Land In The Crusader And Ayyubid Periods: 1099 - 1250 9: Nimrod Luz: The Holy Land From The Mamluk Sultanate To The Ottoman Empire: 1260-1799 10: Robert Fisk: From Napoleon To Allenby: The Holy Land And The Wider Middle East 11: Robert G. Hoyland And Peter Walker: Pilgrimage 12: Richard S. Hess And Denys Pringle: Sacred Spaces And Holy Places 13: Adam Silverstein: Scripture And The Holy Land Further Reading Index