The World of the Bible is a website that explores the origins of the three great monotheistic religions, the history and exegesis of the Bible, the current state of Near Eastern archaeology and the history of religious art.
It is produced by Le Monde de la Bible, a french journal published by the Bayard group. Launched in 1977, it took over from an academic journal, Bible et terre sainte, that had been founded in 1957.
Since its creation Le Monde de la Bible has aspired to bring the findings of Near Eastern archaeological excavations, as well as academic research carried out by Biblical exegetes and historians, to a wider audience. Today, the contributing authors (historians of religion, exegetes, theologians, archaeologists, art historians…) are internationally renowned specialists, such as Thomas Römer of Collège de France, Daniel Marguerat of University of Lausanne, and Daniel Schwartz of Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Bolstered by its international reputation, the brand launched an English-language website, The World of the Bible, in April 2014. Access to the content of the site is free. Articles will be organized into three main subject areas:
- History: going back to the sources of the three great monotheistic religions and analyzing biblical texts in light of historical, exegetical and archaeological research.
- Art: discovering the treasures of the past and of modern times that have been inspired by the Bible and by the religious history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
- Archaeology: keeping abreast of the latest discoveries and current affairs in the archaeology of the Near East.
The World of the Bible also produces ebooks, aiming to provide deeper insights into certain aspects of the history of religion, art and archaeology. The ebooks are available for $4.99 here.
The World of the Bible is published by the Bayard International Group, registered in Paris, France, with subsidiaries in America, Africa and Asia.
The World of the Bible on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_of_the_Bible
Le Monde de la Bible on wikipedia: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Monde_de_la_Bible
Editor in Chief, Benoît de Sagazan: Benoit.deSagazan@bayard-presse.com