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How the Bible Became Holy
Michael L. Satlow

In this sweeping narrative, Michael Satlow tells the fascinating story of how an ancient collection of obscure Israelite writings became the founding texts of both Judaism and Christianity, considered holy by followers of each faith. Drawing on cutting-edge historical and archeological research, he traces the story of how, when, and why Jews and Christians gradually granted authority to texts that had long lay dormant in a dusty temple archive. The Bible, Satlow maintains, was not the consecrated book it is now until quite late in its history.

He describes how elite scribes in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E. began the process that led to the creation of several of our biblical texts. It was not until these were translated int...


2014   368 pp.  15 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300171914  $35.00

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Charity
The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition
 



Holy Resilience
The Bible's Traumatic Origins
 



Cunegonde's Kidnapping
A Story of Religious Conflict in the Age of Enlightenment
 



George Whitefield
America's Spiritual Founding Father
 



The Huguenots
 



Revelation
A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
 



Christians, Muslims, and Jesus
 



Preaching, Building, and Burying
Friars in the Medieval City
 



"When You Were Gentiles"
Specters of Ethnicity in Roman Corinth and Paul's Corinthian Correspondence
 



Thomas Aquinas
A Portrait
 



Christian Beginnings
From Nazareth to Nicaea
 



Judges 1-12
A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
 



Christ Child
Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus
 



Tainted Glory in Handel’s Messiah
The Unsettling History of the World’s Most Beloved Choral Work
 



The Ten Commandments
A Short History of an Ancient Text
 



American Zion
The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War
 



Alexander to Constantine
Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Volume III
 



Religious Poverty, Visual Riches
Art in the Dominican Churches of Central Italy in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
 



The Christian Monitors
The Church of England and the Age of Benevolence, 1680-1730
 



The Conversion of Scandinavia
Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe
 

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