Jewish Daily Life in Late Second Temple Palestine

Jewish Daily Life in Late Second Temple Palestine

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In Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit Jodi Magness unearths footprints buried in both archaeological and literary evidence to shed new light on Jewish daily life in Palestine from the mid-first century b.c.e. to 70 c.e. the time and place of Jesus life and ministry. Magness analyzes recent archaeological discoveries from such sites as Qumran and Masada together with a host of period texts, including the New Testament, the works of Josephus, and rabbinic teachings. Layering all these sources together, she reconstructs in detail a fascinating variety of everyday activities dining customs, Sabbath observance, fasting, toilet habits, burial customs, and more."show more

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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • black & white halftones, maps, figures
  • 0802865585
  • 9780802865588
  • 75,097

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Fergus Millar Oriental Institute, Oxford Jodi Magness brings literary evidence from both Jewish and New Testament writings together with extensive archaeological material to produce a literally down to earth picture of the conditions and customs of daily life in the late Second Temple period. Essential reading for all who are interested in that period. Sidnie White Crawford University of Nebraska-Lincoln A superb handbook on Jewish daily life in the late Second Temple period. Magness demonstrates how texts and archaeology, with careful scholarship, can illuminate each other. This book will be valuable for undergraduates, graduate students, and all scholars of the period for a long time to come. Lawrence H. Schiffman New York University Magness s originality and her mastery of the sources make this a major contribution to our field. "Exploring Our Matrix" For anyone interested in the New Testament or its historical and cultural context, this is an important and very useful volume. "show more