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Rahab, Comedy, and Feminist Interpretation

Unlike many women in the Bible, Rahab is a fully realized and powerful character. As Melissa A. Jackson shows, Rahab's cleverness during the siege of Jericho is both a statement about women and an effective literary device...Read more

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Michael D. Coogan
Michael D. Coogan Readers of the Bible have an ethical—even a theological—obligation not just to hear what they want to hear in the Scripture, but to be open to alternatives, especially when those alternatives challenge their own most cherished views.... Read more
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The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems

R.B. Parkinson's landmark translation of the Tale of Sinuhe and other masterpieces of ancient Egypt is now available online for the first time. Featuring adventure stories, dialogues on life and death, ruminations on the problem of suffering, and teachings about the nature of wisdom and virtue, this collection explores many of the themes that are also essential to Biblical literature.

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This new feature allows you to scroll through the tables of contents for each of the major reference works on Oxford Biblical Studies Online, including The Oxford Companion to the Bible and the new Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible.

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This list of the books of the Bible includes their respective commentaries from the following sources: Oxford Bible Commentary, New Oxford Annotated Bible (NRSV), Oxford Study Bible (REB), Jewish Study Bible (TANAKH), Catholic Study Bible (NAB), and the Access Bible (NRSV).

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