Item description for New Manners & Customs Of Bible Times (Revised) by Ralph R. Gower...
Overview This thorough, fascinating study of biblical culture is designed to improve the reader's understanding of God's Word.
Publishers Description We know that John the Baptist ate locusts, but were they insects or sweet beans? Why did a fish swallow a coin that Jesus later used to pay the temple tax? How could walking beside a donkey have made Joseph a laughingstock? Good handling of biblical passages demands a working knowledge of the historical and cultural context from which it was written. This bestselling reference book contains colorful photography and artwork, as well as maps, diagrams and charts. Additionally, there are scripture and topical indexes for quick fact-checking. Bible students and laypeople who teach in the church will benefit from and be fascinated by the helpful features of "The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times."
Citations And Professional Reviews New Manners & Customs Of Bible Times (Revised) by Ralph R. Gower has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 39
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.94" Width: 7" Height: 1.18" Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN 080245965X ISBN13 9780802459657
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More About Ralph R. Gower
RALPH GOWER (M.E., B.D., London Bible College; Ph.D., University of Liverpool) is currently the minister of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Ainsdale, in the north west of England. He has spent most of his life in the area of Religious Education as teacher, lecturer, researcher, administrator and inspector, and has written educational material for teachers and children. He has contributed articles to various Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias and is the author of The New Manners & Customs of Bible Times, Frontiers, Religious Education in the Junior Years, Religious Education in the Infant Years, and Life in New Testament Times. He has been a guide and tour leader in Israel. He resides in Lancashire, England.
Reviews - What do customers think about New Manners & Customs Of Bible Times (Revised)?
The new manners & customs of bible times Jan 18, 2007
The book is very useful in my studies of the Bible. Is a great book for preachers and teachers.
review of The New Manners Jan 4, 2007
I used this book to teach a introductory class on Bible manners and customs. It proved to be an excellent book for my students. I prefer the full version of this book instead of the student version.
A very helpful guide Mar 6, 2006
I have never lived in the Middle East nor am I 2000 years old, so I have had to imagine much of the bible context -- until now. This book is clearly written and illustrated, so it gives the reader an idea what the family life (part 1) and institutions and customs (part 2) were like. It has made the bible much more understandable and vivid to me, and has heightened my connection to God's word and to him.
Study. Sep 24, 2005
Pretty much a gem for all serious Bible students. Provides good, solid ground for Bible customs, which will, in turn, help reveal the meaning of some of the choices of words or actions taken by people throughout the Bible. Ever wonder about Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son? These and many questions answered in this book, great for apologetical work as well.
For What It Is, Excellent Dec 18, 2001
Let me give my reservations first:
1. The book has no bibliography and no notes at all.
This means that when the author says, for instance, that the "synagogue itself seems to have come into existence during the Exile", he gives you absolutely no way to evaluate what "seems to" means. Probably? Almost certainly? The preponderance of scholarly opinion? Does "seems to" mean that the institution might pre-date the Exile, or be more recent? No way to tell, and you're completely on your own for follow-up research.
2. The author often gives one explanation for a phenomenon without explaining that there are others.
For example, the author states, without qualification, that "Maccabeus means 'the hammer'". He neglects to explain that "hammer" is only one explanation for Judah the Maccabee's famously cryptic epithet. It might mean the "commander", or be a family name, or a statement of the uniqueness of God, or (my favorite) maybe it's better translated as "hammerhead" -- Israel describes most of its heroes as physically beautiful, but, strikingly, not Judah. Maybe he was an ugly cuss. Again, as there are no notes, you have no way to do further research on your own.
3. I don't know about the author's frequent use of the very broad term "Bible times." The impression the book gives is that most of the cultural institutions it describes were identical for thousands of years (and may still exist among, for instance, the Bedouin), with the exception of the rule of the Romans. Maybe this is true, but the phrase "Bible times" makes me a bit nervous.
Nevertheless, I recommend this book. Its many wonderful advantages include the following:
1. Profuse illustration. Photos, maps, schematic diagrams, charts and lovely artists' reconstructions really help you get an idea of the institutions and customs described.
2. Highly readable prose, accessible to any adult reader and even older children.
3. The book is divided into thematic chapters each of which ends with a subsection entitled "Now look at your bible," in which the author shows how information from the chapter clarifies specific biblical passages.
4. Similarly, the book does contain a Scriptural Index as well as a topical Index, allowing it to function very well as a reference text.