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Manners & Customs in the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to Daily Life in Bible Times
Victor H. Matthews
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Opening New Windows onto Bible People, Customs, and Contexts
Directly after a good concordance and a Bible dictionary, a thoroughly reliable guide to the manners and customs of the Bible is the next must-have resource for any student of the Bible. Now fully updated with vivid new photos and images, this excellent resource will help readers gain valuable cultural background on the biblical world. What people wore, what they ate, what they built, how they exercised justice, how they mourned, how they viewed family and legal customs—all are "manners and customs" and all vary from period to period throughout Israel’s history.
How can one fully comprehend the Old Testament book of Ruth without understanding ancient Israelite marriage traditions? Even a quick skim of the Gospels starts readers wondering about tax collectors, religious officials, fishermen and farmers. And so much is missed when reading Acts and the Epistles without some grasp of Roman law and government.
Countless questions crop up when reading the Bible: • Why would Lot even think of throwing his daughters to a mob? • How did the Exile change Israel’s religious life? • What were the differences between Sadducees, Pharisees, scribes, and Essenes?
Offering much more than fascinating color pictures, each chapter furnishes an introduction to the political and physical setting of specific periods in Israel’s history, and outlines the basic structure of its social world. Featuring Scripture passages alongside the text to keep relevant biblical passages in view, it includes all new illustrations and photos for an invaluable visual experience of the world of Abraham, David, Jesus, and Paul.
This book provides a wealth of insight into life in Bible times, gathered from the biblical text, from important extra-biblical sources, as well as from the most recent archaeological findings. The book is enriched with abundant maps and illustrations.
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About the Author
Victor H. Matthews is professor of religious studies at Southwestern Missouri State University. He received a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and has written numerous popular as well as scholarly articles. He is the author of Manners and Customs in the Bible, and co-author of Old Testament Parallels: Laws and Stories from the Ancient Near East, and The Social World of Ancient Israel.
Table of Contents
PREFACE To REVISED EDITION
INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT To READERS
CHAPTER 1: PATRIARCHAL PERIOD
I. Physical Appearance of the People
II. Social and Cultural Problems of Immigrants
III. Herding Practices
V. Marriage Customs
VI. Religious Practices
VII. Legal Customs
VIII. Weapons and Warfare
CHAPTER 2: EXODUS – SETTLEMENT PERIOD
I. Village Life Domestic Architecture
II. Agricultural Methods and Tools
III. Weapons and Warfare
IV. Social Organization and Administration of Law
V. Family Life
CHAPTER 3: MONARCHY PERIOD
I. The Israelite City
II. Social Life
IV. Religious Practices
V. Weapons and Warfare
CHAPTER 4: EXILE AND RETURN
I. Life in the Exile
II. Life after the Return from Exile
III. Religious Life
CHAPTER 5: INTERTESTAMENTAL AND NEW TESTAMENT PERIOD
I. Social Life
II. Economic Life
III. Religious Life
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