Item description for Daily Life in Biblical Times (Archaeology and Biblical Studies, No. 5.) by Oded Borowski...
While the history of Israel during the period from ca. 1200 to 586 BCE 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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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2003
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004127070 ISBN13 9789004127074
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More About Oded Borowski
Oded Borowski is Associate Professor of Biblical Archaeology and Hebrew at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Co-director of the Lahav Research Project, Phase III.
Reviews - What do customers think about Daily Life in Biblical Times (Archaeology and Biblical Studies, No. 5.)?
A pretty good book; I'd give it a 7 on a scale of 1-10 Dec 24, 2008
I just finished reading this book 12/22/08. Overall it was very informative. This is a very factual book, but it can seem dry a points (but I don't mind something dry as long as it is useful, factual, and applicable to what I want to use the information for), but it's worth the read if you want to broaden your knowledge base of how people lived back then.
My absolute favorite part of the book was the last chapter. The first six chapters are informative, academic, well referenced, and can even seem at times a bit...well...boring (but only 10-15% of the time), but it is a good book. While your pressing through the material you'll get a really good golden nugget that makes you say "it was all worth it". The last chapter wraps everything up that the author covers throughout the book in a very exciting, lively, narrative that puts you right back in the biblical era. I absolutely loved this chapter, and will probably read it again.
My purpose for reading this book was to enhance my knowledge of the lifestyle people lived during biblical times, and I hoped to learn some cool facts I can use to insert in preaching material every once in a while. Both of my objectives were accomplished. I was personally hoping the author would go more in detail about wine in the Hebrew culture, who drank fermented and unfermented wine, their views on both types wine, and so on, but that was not the case. The author touches on this topic a little but doesn't go in as much academic/factual detail as I would have liked. Nevertheless it was a decent book which a much broader focus covering all aspects of society.
Lots of bible references and extrabiblical sources that link to biblical events. One example was how Ashurnasirpal II wined and dined 69,574 men and women for ten days like Solomon in 1 Kgs 8:63-66. That was neat fact. The appearance of men and women based upon the Lachish reliefs from Sennacherib's palace depicting the battle at Lachish. A letter written about the "fire signals of Azekah could no longer be found" linking it to the events described in Jer 6:1 and Jer 34:7 when they were under siege.
If your unsure about weather or not to read it, I would say go ahead. You'll definitely get something out of it. Besides it's a small book and a quick read.
Interesting! Oct 13, 2008
This is a very interesting book, even if you are just flipping through during a quick browse. It is a valuable tool for researching life in Biblical times in preparation for a sermon. Our pastors have used it many times.