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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.
Oriental Institute, Oxford
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.
Sidnie White Crawford
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Magnesss originality and her mastery of the sources make this a major contribution to our field.
Lawrence H. Schiffman
New York University
Jodi Magness is Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, her research interests include ancient pottery, ancient synagogues, and the Roman army in the East, and she has published and lectured extensively on these subjects. She has participated in twenty different excavations in Israel and Greece, including serving as codirector of the 1995 excavations in the Roman siege works at Masada. Her works include the award-winning books The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls and The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine.
This is a good book and I used it for a basic overview of second temple life.. I used it on my thesis entitled: Those Who Heard It First: The Political Implications of the Sermon... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roger Lang
I was looking for a resource that would tell me about the daily experiences of the people in the 1st century. I found many surprising facts which will be very useful to me.Published 5 months ago by Deborah A. Lonergan
Exhaustively researched and skilfully written, it's a cornucopia of lively information on Second Temple Judaism. Remarkable!Published 10 months ago by Len Lamensdorf
Just another dissertation turned into a book. Well documented but there is really only enough information here for a good journal article. Read morePublished 16 months ago by David Nimmo
An archaeologist puts a few aspects of ancient Jewish life under the magnifying glass.
With a strong interest in the time and place that this book examines, and having... Read more
I purchased this book because of its title. Thought it interesting. However, it is an extremely interesting and informative book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stephen T. Haynes
I don't know who wrote the 'blurb', but he or she should go back to school. There was NO Territory called 'Palestine' in the period referred to (up to 70 CE). Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Bunclody Senator