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Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine

Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine

by Scott Korb


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What was it like to live in the time of Jesus?

What did people eat? Whom did they marry? How did they keep themselves clean? What did their cities and towns look like? What did they believe?

The answers, it turns out, are surprising. This simple question is not so simple after all. With a historian's insight and a reporter's curiosity, Scott Korb gives us a backstage pass to the unexpected and sometimes down-and-dirty truth about what everyday life was like in first-century Palestine, that tumultuous era when the Roman Empire was at its zenith and a new religion-Christianity-was born.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594485039
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Scott Korb is the co-author of The Faith Between Us: A Jew and a Catholic Search for the Meaning of God. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and graduate degrees from Union Seminary and Columbia University. He has written for Harper's, Gastronomica, the Revealer, and Commonweal. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Table of Contents

Translator's Note: On the Epigraphs for Life in Year One 1

Author's Note: On Writing Life in Year One 5

Introduction: This is Not a Book About Jesus 9

I The World in Year One 25

II Money in Year One 39

III Home in Year One 57

IV Food in Year One 77

V Baths in Year One 93

VI Health in Year One 111

VII R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Year One 127

VIII Religion in Year One 145

IX War in Year One 159

X Death in Year One 177

Epilogue: We've Nearly Reached the End of Our Journey 195

Acknowledgments 209

Notes 211

Bibliography 225

Index 233

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"Easygoing in pace, Morey's narration is more conversational than dramatic, a style that makes this detailed work accessible and interesting from the beginning." —-AudioFile

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