Israel and surrounding peoples/cultures

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Dec 13 2019 7:04 AM

Several years back FF Bruce came out with, Israel and The Nations which was helpful. 

However, I'm looking for something up to date. What I am looking for is a resource that parallels ANE culture's with the Hebrew bible's timeline. 

For example, during the rule of Hezekiah 721 B.C. - what was going on in other ANE cultures. What or who did these worship. Lifestyles, both of the rich and famous (thank-you Mr. Leech). How they were in war and even positioning themselves against Israel. What was the way of life in a normal Assyrian town etc.

So I found this:

Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

and was wondering if anyone had a comment about it and would it be something that would be what I'm referring to?

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 13 2019 7:43 AM

Well, the participants are stellar! And Mr Longman recommends. Good guy.

I'm always confusing, so ignore me. But given your requirements (which are mine), I avoid these massive big-views, and get the itty-bitty's on specifics ... where the rubber meets the road (love Lifestyles). Edom.  Egypt just miles from Zebulum? Early greek trade roads. And why Leviticus has Babylonian devination tools co-opted by the priests.  

Another example and I'll shut up. Jonah bought a 'ticket' for his escape (another thread this week). What did he pay with? The broad-brush books answer (not money), but don't really. Instead, they move on to the next broad brush.

"I didn't know God made honky tonk angels."

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 13 2019 8:02 AM

Never 'ignore' you - you're awesome!

So what you're saying is: Get the book and others of the same gist, but realize that they may not be exactly my 'ticket to ride' if I'm looking for the nitty gritty (thanks Dirt Band) of the fine details.

So in that case... actually I was going to ask you what you would recommend, but I remember someone saying something to the effect of: 

You guys. Not being critical, but there's much to be said for opening up your Bible.

Now, that sounds insulting (I know you do), but one of Logos' sins (very few), is making things too easy ... the brain doesn't get enough exercise figuring things out. And if you believe the Holy Spirit delivered the text, then there must be good in what arrived. And good in what did not. Both are significant. Wink Wink

So I'll do the research myself and see what I come up with.

Oh and by the way, you're never, well mostly never confusing and NEVER to be ignored. You got some great suggestions even though your logos lingo is above my head most of the time.

Onward and upward

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 13 2019 8:58 AM

I don't know if this is exactly what you want, and general histories of other ancient civilizations are sorely lacking in Logos, but I found the following two volumes helpful, and I suggested them to Logos many moons ago:

A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323

A History of Ancient Egypt

They are both by Marc Van De Mieroop and written from a purely historical viewpoint.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 13 2019 9:01 AM

The following could be helpful and is in Logos:

Peoples of the Old Testament World

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 13 2019 9:43 AM

Thanks. I got this one. As for the others, the first is more along the lines of what I'm looking for. 

Joseph Turner:

The following could be helpful and is in Logos:

Peoples of the Old Testament World

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 13 2019 10:21 AM

Milkman:
You guys. Not being critical, but there's much to be said for opening up your Bible.

Ok, I'll be quiet after this. But I'm well into the Logos Christmas Sale book on 'the star'. Quite good ... none of the usual agenda-theory-business. Anyway, the crazy author wrote about Nebbie (ancient Babylon leader, awful to spell) approaching Palestine. His 'spear' (army) arrived at a split in the road. Ammon or Jerusalem? At this point, he needed help from the gods. So, he got out his trusty divinition tools, and Jerusalem was the one.

I quickly thought, oh sure. Ammon was easy pickings, and Jerusalem a major construction problem (from the north side). And exactly how do you come south on the Kings Highway, to a 'Y'?? Then, I noticed he was quoting Ezekiel. Color my face embarrassed.

"I didn't know God made honky tonk angels."

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