The World of the Bible - John Drane
The authors of the 66 books of the Bible reflect the social, cultural and religious contexts in which they lived. Understanding these contexts can greatly enrich and deepen our appreciation of the Bible's meaning and message. In this splendid illustrated book, John Drane provides an unparalleled survey of the many different worlds which helped to forge the pages of the Bible. He ranges over thousands of years from the earliest hunter-gatherers to the Roman world in Jesus' day. Areas covered include courtly and military structures, home life, social and economic relationships and ritual and cultural practices. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book will enable the reader to approach the Bible with fresh insight, understanding and appreciation.
JOHN DRANE has taught in the Universities of Stirling and Aberdeen, Scotland, and is currently affiliate professor of New Testament and Practical Theology at Fuller Seminary, California, and a visiting fellow of St John's College in the University of Durham. He has written scores of books for both children and adults, all of them on spiritual and Christian themes, and these have been translated into over 60 languages. He is widely known for his best-selling books on the Bible: 'Introducing the Old Testament and 'Introducing the New Testament (both now in their 3rd edition), and 'The World of the Bible.'