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Focus On

Literature, Fiction, and the Ongoing Creation of New Bibles

 

Western poets and playwrights have relied on the Bible as a source of inspiration. In the process, they have crafted new understandings of the book that have both celebrated and critiqued the text. Read more

 

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Michael D. Coogan
Michael D. Coogan In biblical times, as ever since, people moved or fled from their place of origin, becoming refugees. It is time to reemphasize the biblical ideal of care for those in need.... Read more
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View each chapter or jump to any location in the Bible Read a passage of the Bible alongside scholarly analysis of the text. Compare and contrast two translations of the Bible, line by line.

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For more on the topic of our latest "Focus On", see the article "The Bible in Literature" by David Jasper from The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible

Lesson Plans

New lesson plans have been added on The Book of Revelations, Esther, The Letter of James, Galatians, The Prayer of Manasseh, Matthew, and Jude and 2 Peter.

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Photo Essay: Tell Beth-shemesh

Dale W. Manor (Harding University) provides the archaeological history a settlement from its Bronze Age origins to the Byzantine era.

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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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Reference Guide

This 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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Guide to Biblical Commentaries

This list of the books of the Bible includes their respective commentaries from the following sources: Oxford Bible CommentaryNew 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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What's Inside
  • Six Bible texts, including the latest edition of the New Oxford Annotated Bible, as well as deuterocanonical collections, Concordances, and the Oxford Bible Commentary.
  • More than 6,000 A-Z entries and chapters from acclaimed Oxford references, written by leading scholars and specialists
  • Hundreds of images and maps provide visual perspectives of the biblical world
  • Tools & Resources contains Internet resources selected by specialists in the field, thematic guides, lesson plans, suggested reading lists for further research, and more.
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