Daily Life in Biblical Times / Edition 1

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How did ancient Israelites live? What did they eat, and what affected their health? How did the family function? To answer these and similar questions, Borowski describes the natural setting and the people who occupied the land as well as the rural and urban economic activities in which ancient Israelites engaged, especially as they related to the family and social-political structure. The book addresses cultural, social, and religious activities as well as art, music, and the place of writing in Israelite society. Drawing on textual and archaeological evidence and written in nontechnical language, this will be a standard text for undergraduate Hebrew Bible courses and of particular interest to scholars, graduate students, pastors, rabbis, and nonspecialists.
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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
  • Sales rank: 700,803
  • 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

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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