Peoples of the Old Testament World

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"This excellent work will be recognized as the standard encyclopedic reference on the major non-Israelite people groups mentioned in the Old Testament. Not only would it be an important addition to seminary and Bible school libraries, but it is fashioned in a manner to be profitable for secular university libraries."--Mark Chavalas, Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin

The ancient Israelites lived among many nations, and knowing about the people and culture of these nations can enhance understanding of the Old Testament. Peoples of the Old Testament World, now in paperback, provides up-to-date descriptions of the people groups who interacted with and influenced ancient Israel.

Peoples of the Old Testament World, now in paperback, provides up-to-date descriptions of the people groups who interacted with and influenced ancient Israel. Contributions include: Sumerians (Walter R. Bodine), Babylonians (Bill T. Arnold), Assyrians (William C. Gwaltney Jr.), Persians (Edwin M. Yamauchi), Hittites (Harry A. Hoffner Jr.), Canaanites and Amorites (Keith N. Schoville), Phoenicians (William A. Ward), Arameans (Wayne T. Pitard), Philistines (David M. Howard Jr.), Egyptians (James K. Hoffmeier), Ammonites (Randall W. Younker), Moabites (Gerald L. Mattingly), and Edomites (Kenneth G. Hoglund). 

Detailed accounts by specialists cover each group's origin, history, rulers, architecture, art, religion, and contacts with biblical Israel. Part 1 covers the region of Mesopotamia and includes articles on the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians. Articles covering the Hittites, Canaanites and Amorites, Phoenicians, Arameans, Philistines, and Egyptians comprise the second section. Part 3 explores the people of Transjordan--the Ammonites, Moabites, and Edomites. 

Photographs, a chart of chronology, a map of the ancient Near East, and three comprehensive indexes complete the volume.


The Authors

  1. Alfred J. Hoerth

    Alfred J. Hoerth

    Alfred J. Hoerth taught archaeology at Wheaton College for almost thirty years and directed Wheaton's renowned biblical archaeology program. He has participated in numerous archaeological digs and served as coeditor of Peoples of the Old Testament World.

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  2. Gerald L. Mattingly

    Gerald L. Mattingly

    Gerald L. Mattingly is professor of Bible at Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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  3. Edwin M. Yamauchi

    Edwin M. Yamauchi

    Edwin M. Yamauchi (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is professor of history emeritus at Miami University, Ohio. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Africa and hte Bible, Persia and the Bible, Greece and Babylon, The Archaeology of New...

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Reviews

"This excellent work will be recognized as the standard encyclopedic reference on the major non-Israelite people groups mentioned in the Old Testament. Not only would it be an important addition to seminary and Bible school libraries, but it is fashioned in a manner to be profitable for secular university libraries. It is expected that it will be a resource for the next generation of scholars."-- Mark Chavalas, Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin

"The book gives a superb introduction to major peoples of the biblical world. The authors successfully assimilate and convey textual and archaeological information using the latest scholarly works as well as time-proven resources. This book would make a fine textbook for students in an upper level undergraduate class or in a graduate class, a good reference book for well-read lay persons, or an excellent resource book for professionals in the field."--Terry W. Eddinger, Biblical Archaeologist

"A useful volume for students and others who read the Hebrew Bible with predominately historical interests."--W. Lee Humphreys, Religious Studies Review

"The book admirably fulfills its purpose and should prove a welcome up-to-date reference tool for all those interested in the peoples of the Old Testament world."--Pamela Magrill, Palestine Exploration Quarterly