A society both familiar and strange emerges from this absorbing historical study. ... Korb's vivid, breezy prose makes accessible a mountain of scholarship that illuminates the past.
--Publishers WeeklyFood, homes, politics, medicine, crime, punishment, customs, and staying clean: it's all here in this account of the biblical world from the coauthor of The Faith Between Us. Scholarly research but nonscholarly tone; many readers will like.
--Barbara Hoffert, Library JournalExpertly researched, beautifully distilled, and filled with wit, [LiYO] is an animated reminder that sometimes the things we think we know best -- our myths, our faiths, our ancestors, even ourselves -- contain the most remarkable surprises.
--Jeff Sharlet, New York Times bestselling author of The FamilyLife in Year One entertains as it educates, pulling back the veil on a world all the more alluring because it is impossible to know completely. ... Scott Korb reminds us that a history of there and then is always also a story about here and now.
--Peter Manseau, author of Vows, Rag and Bone, and Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter
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.