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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (January 1, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002G9U3L4
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Sven Allenbach-Schmidt on January 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Raise your hand out there if you, when you read one of the Gospels, have a mental image of the scene that comes straight from a movie. You read about Jesus healing some lepers, and in your mind you see Ben-Hur's mother and sister. Get to Exodus 14 and there's Charlton Heston chewing up the landscape.
One of the central questions used in Bible Study is "What did it mean to the original readers?". Once we know the context that the text originally took place in we start to examine it to see how it applies to us today. There is a chance that we can go off track if we subconsciously place the narration of the Bible over a Hollywood backdrop. The Holy Spirit is there to help us with our understanding, but God expects us to use the tools available to us too. Enter Joachim Jeremias' survey of the city and countryside that Jesus walked during the 1st century. It isn't the place that we see on the late show.
Jeremias opens the book with a survey of the economy of Jerusalem. We look at the various industries; household goods, food supplies, luxury items, and construction. There is an explanation of the loose guild system, as well as that major employer of the city, the Temple. He goes on to explain the commerce of Jersusalem, both in terms of goods in and out as well as people in and out. The people examined include not only the large number of pilgrims that would arrive for the three annual festivals, but also the Roman military and administrative cadres.
The next section looks at class differences in the Holy Land, spending some time with rich, middle class, and poor. Amongst the poor there is special attention paid to slaves and the subsidized. The discussion of the last lends a lot to an understanding of the first half of the Acts of the Apostles.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David Kilpatrick on April 14, 2007
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I absolutely loved reading this book. It really places you into the era of the New Testament period. It covers a lot of ground. You will not find much discussion here about this or that New Testament verse to dramatically alter your perspective. Rather, you get more of the background and "feel" for that period.

I highly recommend this if the reader is aware of one very important concern (hence 4 not 5 stars). Jeremias, like other scholars of his time (and before), had a tendency to uncritically accept material from the Talmud as reflecting the thought and activity of Judaism of the New Testament period. However, shortly after this book appeared, there was a bit of a "shake up" in New Testament and Judaic studies regarding how reliable the Talmud reflects that earlier period.

The Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds were completed between AD 400-600, centuries after the time of Jesus (and the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in AD 70). The teachings of the Rabbi's were passed along from generation to generation primarily in oral form, from about 100 BC until the Rabbinic teachings were first committed to writing around AD 200, in the form of the Mishnah. The Talmud is composed of the Mishnah, but also the Gemera which is the commentary on the Mishnah. It reflects Rabbinic teachings since the writing of the Mishnah, but also preserves some earlier teachings as well. So in the Talmud, what we have are some teachings that go back to the time of Christ along side later teachings of the Rabbis that may not reflect Judaism from the time of Jesus.

Most of the older works on Judaism and the New Testament (including the popular "The Life and Times of Jesus Messiah" by Alfred Edersheim) are marred by the uncritical reliance on the Talmud.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2002
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Everything I have read by this author has been great for understanding the historical context of the biblical texts. This book is especially good because it covers so much of the background information from every aspect of life. If you are serious about getting more out of your bible studying or you are in ministry, then you really should read this book. This author's works are very widely used in by scholars and are consider "classic" works my many. This book is his most widely used/quoted/referenced work. The only problem you will find with this author is finding the books you want. I would say snap up this and any other of his books you can find.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Gibbs on February 8, 2008
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Okay, so it's not written in the chatty style that students prefer, but this book is really the best tool out there to provide a background for New Testament studies. The author has no agenda, no liberal or conservative spin. He has scoured the Mishnah and the Talmudic writings, which would otherwise take years to do, and crystallized them into a succinct and convenient package. Modern analyzes of ancient Palestine are generally based on modern sociological theories, and inevitably they disappoint, but Jeremias' material is derived solely from relevant source texts, and I know which I prefer. Anyone serious about understanding the society into which Jesus was born ought to purchase this book.
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