Life in Biblical Israel

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 2001 - History - 440 pages
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This special-edition volume of the Library of Ancient Israel, based on the latest research, presents a vivid description of the world of Ancient Israel, covering such topics as domestic life, the means of existence, cultural expression, and religious practices. With over 175 full-color pictures and illustrations,Life in Biblical Israelopens the door to everyday life in biblical Israel for all readers. This volume is perfect for classrooms, coffee tables, and personal use.

Volumes in the Library of Ancient Israel draw on multiple disciplines--such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and literary criticism--to illuminate the everyday realities and social subtleties these ancient cultures experienced. This series employs sophisticated methods resulting in original contributions that depict the reality of the people behind the Hebrew Bible and interprets these insights for a wide variety of readers.

  

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I must say there are several very good things about this beautifully presented book, like its many excellent illustrations. A lot of work seems to have gone into it. Structurally it's well laid out ... Read full review

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I love this! This is a wonderful book, in good English, with many, many facts about life in ancient Israel. It is so well described you could actually be a character from the Old Testament. You can just imagine living in ancient Israel and living like them when you're reading the text. It's exciting. 

Contents

Introduction The Importance of the Everyday Life
1
The Problem with Texts
2
The Structure of Israelite Society
4
The Work of Archaeologists
6
The Rhythms of Life
8
Micah and the Levite
9
A Day in Micahs Household
12
The Israelite House and Household
21
Patrimonial Kingdom
201
The Imperial Impact of Assyria on Israelite Architecture
208
The Kings Table
210
Jerusalem
213
Warfare Armies and Weapons
223
Weapons of War
224
Fortifications
231
Armies
239

Pillared House
28
Family and Kinship
36
KinsmanRedeemer
38
Fathers House
39
Children
40
Women
49
Marriage
54
Old Age
58
Crimes and Punishments in the Family Context
59
Meals for Family and Guests
61
Furniture
63
Food Preparation
64
Daily Meals
67
Illness and Healing
68
Hygiene
69
Threats to Health
71
Health Consultants
76
Medical Procedures
79
Religion and Healing Prayer and Healing
82
The Means of Existence
85
Farming and Animal Husbandry
86
The Agricultural Year
87
Agricultural Tools
92
Cultivation and Processing of Edibles
93
Other Flora
107
Animal Husbandry
112
Water Sources
122
Springs
123
Cisterns
126
Underground Reservoirs
127
Arts and Crafts
129
Pottery
133
Textiles
146
Tanning
162
Metallurgy
164
Travel Transport and Trade
176
Seafaring
178
Travel
186
Trade
189
NeoAssyrian Warfare
246
NeoBabylonian Warfare
251
Culture and the Expressive Life
259
Clothing
265
Jewelry and Ornaments
276
Perfumes
280
Cosmetics
281
Grooming
282
Aromatics
284
Music Song and Dance
285
Musical Instruments
290
Dance
298
Literacy and Schools
300
Writing Materials
304
Literacy
310
Schools
315
Religious Institutions
319
Sacred Sites
320
Temples and Shrines
330
Ritual Objects
339
Cult Stands
340
Cult Figurines
348
Votives
352
Religious Practices
353
Marzeah
355
Sacrifices and Offerings
357
Clean and Unclean
362
Death Burial and Afterlife
363
Mourning
372
Belief in the Afterlife
373
Cult of the Dead
376
Necromancy
380
Epilogue
383
Maps
391
Bibliography
395
Index of Biblical Passages and Ancient Sources
413
Index of Modern Authors
421
Index of Subjects
426
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About the author (2001)

Philip J. Kingis Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He is a former president of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Catholic Biblical Association of America.

Lawrence E. Stageris Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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