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Books on Context: The World at the Time of Christ

Increasingly, I’m finding there is a certain genre of Christian books that is attracting larger numbers of us: Books having to do with the world at the time of the New Testament.

So I’ve got a list here, but you can feel free to add to it, I know I’m missing a couple:

  • The New Manners & Customs of Bible Times, Revised and Updated by Ralph Gower
  • Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim
  • Everyday Life in Bible Times by Arthur Klinck
  • Essential Companion to Life in Bible Times: Key Insights for Reading God’s Word by Moises Silva
  • Harper’s Encyclopedia of Bible Life by Madelieine S. and J. Lane Miller
  • Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolf Richards and Brian J. O’Brien
  • Jesus Through Middle-Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey
  • Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey
  • Understanding Jesus: Cultural Insights into the Words and Deeds of Christ by Joe Amaral
  • Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg
  • Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary by various authors, various New Testament volumes
  • NIV Chronological Study Bible
  • Ancient Context, Ancient Faith (series) by Gary M. Burge
  • Daily Life in the Time of Jesus by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh 
  • The New Manners and Customs of the Bible by James M. Freeman 
  • The Works of Josephus by various translators
  1. September 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    a few also on my shelves:
    Food at the Time of the Bible by Miriam Vamosh
    Victor (David C Cook) Journey Through The Bible by V. Gilbert Beers
    Jerusalem At The Time Of Jesus by Leen Ritmeyer
    The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times by John Beck

    there are also the Atlases and visual handbooks, not sure if are including:
    Discovery House Bible Atlas by John A. Beck
    The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook by J. Daniel Hays (Editor), J. Scott Duvall (Editor)
    A Visual Guide to Gospel Events by James C. Martin (Author)
    Visual Guide To Bible Events, A: Fascinating Insights into Where They Happened and Why by John Beck (Author), David Hansen (Author), James Martin (Author)
    Rose Book Of Bible Charts, Maps and Timelines Spiral-bound by Rose Publishing (Author)
    and so on…

    • September 7, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Tim. I tried to hit the highlights but the two Baker Guides are especially worthy of note. (This post is appearing tomorrow at Thinking Out Loud).

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