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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589830424
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: Archaeology and Biblical Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Oded Borowski, Ph.D. (1979) in Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, is Associate Professor of Biblical Archaeology and Hebrew at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Co-director of the Lahav Research Project, Phase III.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1 Introduction: The Land and Its People 1
2 Rural Life 13
The Village 13
Sociopolitical Structure of the Village 21
The Economy 25
Warfare: The Early Years 35
3 Urban Life 43
The City 43
The Economy 55
When the Kings Went to War 59
4 The Household and Life Cycles 63
The Israelite Diet 63
Health and Sickness 74
Hygiene and Sanitation 78
Life Cycles 80
5 Ancient Israelite Arts 87
Performing Arts: Music and Dance 87
Musical Performance 90
Visual Arts 93
6 Writing - Private and Official 99
Private 100
Official Writings 101
Miscellaneous Inscriptions 106
Creative Writing 106
7 A Day in the Life of the Ahuzam Family 109
Notes 127
Index of Biblical References 139
Index of Modern Authorities 145
Index of Hebrew Words 147
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