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'"Written in a readable, even entertaining style, it does not avoid scholarly depth where necessary. .. Highly recommended.'
W. Kotter, "Choice, 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Oded Borowski is Associate Professor of Biblical Archaeology and Hebrew at Emory University, and Co-director of the Lahav Research Project, Phase III.
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Product Details

  • Series: Archaeology and Biblical Studies (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589830423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589830424
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The work can be seen as a bit dry, but certainly offers some picture of some daily practices and gives a taste of an agrarian life style that is not rendered at all in the literature I have had the fortune to read. The work does not have a huge degree of information on urban existence, although it does address some urban locales, archeological findings and likely structures. Urban life reconstruction, to be fair, would seem to be much more complex and perhaps even variable and might be hard to give any valid reconstruction to.
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I got this book for a graduate-level course, but it's certainly not graduate-level reading. It's written clearly for a general audience and does well at covering all the bases and giving a good picture of standard life in Biblical times. I gave it three stars because it's good, but it's not life-changing.
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This is a wonderful book for anyone who has read "TheDove Keepers" or anyone wanting to know more about the people who wrote the Bible. The Israelites come alive in this book: what crops they grew, what laws they wrote,what they ate, who they traded with and how their economy worked. One especially insightful chapter describes a day in the life of a family, from the early morning until they go to sleep.
The people and community ,described in a very scholarly way in this book ,become familiar and very human. That the Bible comes from this time, this place and these people makes this book fascinating.
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In this book the author has researched so many aspects of what the ordinary person would be experiencing during their life from villages, housing, the family, agriculture, herding, diet, art and much more. I haven't finished it yet but it's a wonderful supplement to a course I'm taking on Early Christianity.
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I just finished reading this book 12/22/08. Overall it was very informative. This is a very factual book, but it can seem dry a points (but I don't mind something dry as long as it is useful, factual, and applicable to what I want to use the information for), but it's worth the read if you want to broaden your knowledge base of how people lived back then.

My absolute favorite part of the book was the last chapter. The first six chapters are informative, academic, well referenced, and can even seem at times a bit...well...boring (but only 10-15% of the time), but it is a good book. While your pressing through the material you'll get a really good golden nugget that makes you say "it was all worth it". The last chapter wraps everything up that the author covers throughout the book in a very exciting, lively, narrative that puts you right back in the biblical era. I absolutely loved this chapter, and will probably read it again.

My purpose for reading this book was to enhance my knowledge of the lifestyle people lived during biblical times, and I hoped to learn some cool facts I can use to insert in preaching material every once in a while. Both of my objectives were accomplished. I was personally hoping the author would go more in detail about wine in the Hebrew culture, who drank fermented and unfermented wine, their views on both types wine, and so on, but that was not the case. The author touches on this topic a little but doesn't go in as much academic/factual detail as I would have liked. Nevertheless it was a decent book which a much broader focus covering all aspects of society.

Lots of bible references and extrabiblical sources that link to biblical events.
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Oded Borowski's small book contains a treasure trove of information about daily life in biblical times. I appreciate the author's ability to distill years of study and inquiry into layman's terms. His organization of various topics makes it easy not only to read through, but also to research specific subjects. I write a blog about women from the Bible (www.womenfromthebook.com), focusing often on their cultural background and surrounds, and I feel confident that I will be consulting Daily Life in Biblical Times with regularity.

Borowski's recommendations for further study at the end of each chapter, as well as his end notes and indices of scriptural references and modern authorities are useful inclusions. He has made it easy for the researcher who is always on the lookout for just the right bit of information to fill the blank spots in an ever-growing collage of life in biblical times.
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Wanted a simple book that would explain everyday life in Bible times. This book did exactly that. Extremely pleased with this purchase!
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this is a good resource, filled with very interesting and insightful information, easily accessible to lay and professional readers alike
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