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Daily Life in the New Testament (Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History) Hardcover – April 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0313341755 ISBN-10: 0313341753

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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (April 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313341753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313341755
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,798,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . . an appealing book . . . . Daily Life in the New Testament is recommended for any library's general collection. . . . It provides a brief, up-to-date, and scholarly overview of the socio-historical setting of the area where Christianity and Judaism claim their heritage."


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"This book gives useful insights to better understand the people and events describe in the New Testament and the religious traditions that have become integral to present-day Christianity and Judaism….Features include a glossary, a bibliography, and thumbnail sketches throughout the text of historical figures such as Paul, Babatha, Caiaphas, Josephus, Augustus, and Herod."



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Explore the social and material history of ancient Palestine during the era of the New Testament.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When reading any book that is outside of your particular culture or time period, it helps to understand exactly what the society was like at that time and place. Nowhere is this more important than when reading the Bible. Daily Life in the New Testament by James W. Ermatinger goes back those days surrounding the birth of Jesus to explain the social, economic, and political settings that shaped the environment of the New Testament.

Geographical and Historical Overview; Daily Life of Geographical Groups in Palestine; Nonreligious Influences - Language, Art, and Hellenistic Culture; Pre-Messianic Judaism - Worship and Temple Practices; Expectations of the Messiah; Trades and Professions; Rural Life and Urban Life; Family Life and Living Conditions; Roman Occupation; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

One of the problems I have when reading Biblical accounts is not being able to accurately fill in the background. What was the prevailing mood of the people in relation to their government? How much of a role did religion play in the daily lives of the people? What sort of jobs were common and/or looked down upon? Daily Life helps me make that leap from plain words to words in context. For instance, we view Jesus's role of Messiah through the context of hindsight and 2000 years of history. But back then, it was all happening real-time with no indication of how it would all turn out. Knowing that different groups (Sadducees, Pharisees, Zealots, Essenes) all had a different view of what a messiah would be, helps to understand why Jesus was not necessarily viewed with favor among the various religious and political factions. Some wanted a military Messiah who would vanquish their oppressors.
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By R. Sciacca on September 16, 2014
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It's Ok. Not worth buying though.
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