Daily Life in Biblical Times

Author: Oded Borowski

Publisher: Society of Biblical Lit

ISBN: 1589836766

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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While the history of Israel during the period from ca. 1200 to 586 B.C.E. has been in the forefront of biblical research, little attention has been given to questions of daily life. Where did the Israelites live? What did people do for a living? What did they eat and what affected their health? How did the family function? These and similar questions form the basis for this book. The book introduces different aspects of daily life. It describes the natural setting and the people who occupied the land. It deals with the economy, both rural and urban, emphasizing the main sources of livelihood such as agriculture, herding, and trade. These topics are discussed in relation to the family in particular and the social structure in general. Other topics include urban society, the bureaucracy and the military. Beyond material culture, the book delves into daily and seasonal cultural, social and religious activities, art, music, and the place of writing in Israelite society. Drawing on textual and archaeological evidence, and written with nontechnical language, the book will be especially helpful for undergraduates, seminarians, pastors, rabbis, and other interested nonspecialist readers as well as graduate students and faculty in Hebrew Bible.
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The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times

Author: John A. Beck

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441244883

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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The authors of the Bible routinely employed mention of manners and customs from the ancient world in their inspired writing, fully intending that the Lord would change readers with these images. But modern readers often miss the full literal and figurative meaning of biblical imagery due to the distance in time and experience between the world of today and the world of the Bible. This fully illustrated guide aims to restore clarity and vitality to these portions of God's Word in order to help readers grasp the full meaning of Scripture. For example, the entry on anointing defines the nature of this act and the connotations associated with it before illustrating how the biblical authors use the act of anointing in their communication with us--communication that reaches its full maturity in Jesus, the Anointed One. Understanding manners and customs like anointing enriches our experience of reading the Bible--and even helps us correctly interpret it. This colorful guide clearly and succinctly introduces modern readers to daily life in Bible times. The cultural practices of the past are fascinating on their own, but even more so as they help us grasp the full meaning of Scripture.
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Daily Life in Bible Times

What Archaeology Can Tells Us

Author: Pamela Gaber

Publisher: Beavers Pond Press

ISBN: 9781592981809

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 31

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The Bible tells the story of the people and events which laid the foundation of three great faiths. But what of the many other people who lived in this long ago time? What would your life be like if you were one of them? Where would you live? What would you eat? How would your life be different, and the same, from what we know today? How would your day be passed and how do we use archaeology to answer these questions? In this book two archaeologists, one also a teacher and one an illustrator, show you how we use archaeology to get a glimpse of these ancient lives and add depth and color to our understanding of how the people spent their daily life in Bible times.
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Life in Biblical Israel

Author: Philip J. King,Lawrence E. Stager

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664221485

Category: Religion

Page: 440

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A special edition of the Library of Ancient Israel is based on the latest research to provide an in-depth presentation of the land in ancient times from its domestic life and cultural traditions to its religious practices, in a volume complemented by more than 175 illustrations and photographs.
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Women's Lives in Biblical Times

Author: Jennie R. Ebeling

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567196445

Category: Religion

Page: 172

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This volume describes the lifecycle events and daily life activities experienced by girls and women in ancient Israel examining recent biblical scholarship and other textual evidence from the ancient Near East and Egypt including archaeological, iconographic and ethnographic data. From this Ebeling creates a detailed, accessible description of the lives of women living in the central highland villages of Iron Age I (ca. 1200-1000 BCE) Israel. The book opens with an introduction that provides a brief historical survey of Iron Age (ca. 1200-586 BCE) Israel, a discussion of the problems involved in using the Hebrew Bible as a source, a rationale for the project and a brief narrative of one woman's life in ancient Israel to put the events described in the book into context. It continues with seven thematic chapters that chronicle her life, focusing on the specific events, customs, crafts, technologies and other activities in which an Israelite female would have participated on a daily basis.
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Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination

Author: Jamie Gates,Mark Mann

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621895882

Category: Religion

Page: 268

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Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination searches through biblical scholarship, theology, economics, sociology, politics, ecology, and history to discern the strands of God's justice and reconciliation at work in the contemporary world. Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination challenges Christians to engage the most troubling social problems of our time by first drinking deeply from the well of the historic prophetic traditions. Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination witnesses to a God that raises up prophets to speak at critical moments in every time, and to what it might look like for the Church to nurture the soil from which such prophetic voices spring. Rarely do such a wide variety of authors from such different backgrounds and vocations get together to name what the prophetic work of God looks like in our midst. The radical justice and reconciliation of God can be found in every corner of life, if we know where to look for it; Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination provides some guidance in this direction. Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination celebrates and seeks to build upon the legacy of eminent biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann's seminal work The Prophetic Imagination, first published in 1978, by assessing the core insights and themes he develops through a number of different lenses. These include contemporary biblical scholarship, theology, economics, sociology, politics, ecology, and church history. Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination also discusses the extent to which the Christian prophetic tradition continues to speak meaningfully within the contemporary world and thereby seeks to be a source for inspiring future generations of Christian prophets to do likewise.
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Historical Biblical Archaeology and the Future

The New Pragmatism

Author: Thomas Evan Levy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134937466

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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Joint winner of the 2011 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award in the category "Best Scholarly Book on Archaeology" The archaeology of the Holy Land is undergoing major change. 'Historical Biblical Archaeology and the Future' describes the paradigm shift brought about by objective science-based dating methods, geographic information systems, anthropological models, and digital technology tools. The book serves as a model for how researchers can investigate the relationship between ancient texts (both sacred and profane) and the archaeological record. Influential archaeologists and biblical scholars examine a range of texts, materials and cultures: the Vedas and India; the Homeric legends and Greek Classical Archaeology; the Sagas and Icelandic archaeology; Islamic Archaeology; and the Umayyad, Abbasid, and Ayyubid periods. The groundbreaking essays offer a foundation for future research in biblical archaeology, ancient Jewish history and biblical studies.
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Manners & Customs in the Bible

An Illustrated Guide to Daily Life in Bible Times

Author: Victor Harold Matthews

Publisher: Hendrickson Pub

ISBN: 9781598560596

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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This resource will help readers gain invaluable background information on the Bible's culture, its people, and how they lived. Each chapter furnishes an introduction to the historical, political, and physical setting of five basic periods in Israel's history. Drawing from clues in the biblical text, archaeological discoveries, and contemporary documents, Dr. Matthews opens up both difficult and overly familiar passages of Scripture. He explains cultural practices, religious tensions, and apparent contradictions in the Bible.
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What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It?

What Archeology Can Tell Us About the Reality of Ancient Israel

Author: William G. Dever

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802821263

Category: History

Page: 327

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For centuries the Hebrew Bible has been the fountainhead of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Today, however, the entire biblical tradition, including its historical veracity, is being challenged. Leading this assault is a group of scholars described as the "minimalist" or "revisionist" school of biblical studies, which charges that the Hebrew Bible is largely pious fiction, that its writers and editors invented "ancient Israel" as a piece of late Jewish propaganda in the Hellenistic era. In this fascinating book noted Syro-Palestinian archaeologist William G. Dever attacks the minimalist position head-on, showing how modern archaeology brilliantly illuminates both life in ancient Palestine and the sacred scriptures as we have them today. Assembling a wealth of archaeological evidence, Dever builds the clearest, most complete picture yet of the real Israel that existed during the Iron Age of ancient Palestine (1200 600 B.C.). Dever's exceptional reconstruction of this key period points up the minimalists' abuse of archaeology and reveals the weakness of their revisionist histories. Dever shows that ancient Israel, far from being an "invention," is a reality to be discovered. Equally important, his recovery of a reliable core history of ancient Israel provides a firm foundation from which to appreciate the aesthetic value and lofty moral aspirations of the Hebrew Bible.
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