In the Beginning

Michael D. Coogan

in The Oxford History of the Biblical World

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780195139372
Published online April 2009 |
In the Beginning

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This introductory chapter explores the beginning of history in the biblical world. It begins with a detailed discussion of the geography of the Bible, much of which is set in Egypt and the Fertile Crescent, the band of arable land extending northward from the Nile Valley along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, and southward through Mesopotamia to the Persian Gulf. The chapter then discusses the Chalcolithic Age, the rise of the cities and nation-states, and the invention of writing.

Keywords: Bible; Chalcolithic Age; cities; nation-states; writing; biblical world

Chapter.  10328 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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