The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine

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Written by an international and interdisciplinary team of distinguished scholars, The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine is an indispensable reference compendium on the day-to-day lives of Jews in the land of Israel in Roman times. Ranging from subjects such as clothing and domestic architecture to food and meals, labour and trade, and leisure time activities, the volume covers all the major themes in an encompassing yet easily accessible way. Individual chapters introduce the reader to the current state of research on particular aspects of ancient Jewish everyday life - research which has been greatly enriched by critical methodological approaches to rabbinic texts, and by the growing interest of archaeologists in investigating the lives of ordinary people. Detailed bibliographies inspire further engagement by enabling readers to pursue their own lines of enquiry.The Handbook will prove to be an invaluable reference work and tool for all students and scholars of ancient Judaism, rabbinic literature, Roman provincial history and culture, and of ancient Christianity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199216437
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/10/2010
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 550
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Catheine Hezser is Professor of Jewish Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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Table of Contents

I. Methodological Issues
1. Correlating Literary, Epigraphic, and Archaeological Sources, Catherine Hezser
2. The Graeco-Roman Context of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine, Catherine Hezser
3. Gender Issues and Daily Life, Tal Ilan
II. Life in a Roman Province
4. The Roman Provincial Administration, Rudolf Haensch
5. Courts and the Judicial System, Jill Harries
6. Population Structure and Jewish Identity, David Goodblatt
7. The Languages of Roman Palestine, Willem Smelik
III. City and Countryside
8. Infrastructure, Benjamin Isaac
9. Urbanization, Dianne van de Zande and Jurgen Zangenberg
10. Village and Countryside, Ann Killebrew
11. Travel and Mobility, Catherine Hezser
IV. Labour and Trade
12. The Household Economy, Alexei Sivertsev
13. Agriculture and Farming, Zeev Safrai
14. Arts and Crafts, Manufacture and Production, Uzi Leibner
15. Trade, Commerce, and Consumption, Jack Pastor
16. Poverty and Charity, Gildas Hamel
V. Family Life
17. The Different Life-Stages: From Childhood to Old Age, Jonathan Schofer
18. Marriage and Divorce, Michael Satlow
19. Clothing, Dafna Shlezinger-Katsman
20. Jewellery: The Literary Evidence, Tziona Grossmark
21. Jewellery: The Archaeological Evidence, Katharina Galor
22. Food, Eating, and Meals, David Kraemer
23. Domestic Architecture, Katharina Galor
24. Death, Burial, and Afterlife, Steven Fine
VI. Education and Literacy
25. Private and Public Education, Catherine Hezser
26. Orality and Writing, Carol Bakhos
VII. Religion and Magic
27. The Impact of Paganism and Christianity, Gunter Stemberger
28. The Synagogue, Lee I. Levine
29. Prayer and Liturgy, Stefan Reif
30. Sabbath and Festivals, Lutz Doering
31. Magic and Healing, Giuseppe Veltri
VIII. Entertainment and Leisure Time Activities
32. Bathhouses as Places of Social and Cultural Interaction, Yaron Z. Eliav
33. Theatres, Hippodromes, Amphitheatres and Performances, Zeev Weiss
34. Play and Games, Joshua Schwartz

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