Daily Life in Biblical Times

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  • Copyright: 2003-08-01
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature

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While the history of Israel during the period from ca. 1200 to 586 B.C.E. has been in the forefront of biblical research, little attention has been given to questions of daily life. Where did the Israelites live? What did people do for a living? What did they eat and what affected their health? How did the family function? These and similar questions form the basis for this book. The book introduces different aspects of daily life. It describes the natural setting and the people who occupied the land. It deals with the economy, both rural and urban, emphasizing the main sources of livelihood such as agriculture, herding, and trade. These topics are discussed in relation to the family in particular and the social structure in general. Other topics include urban society, the bureaucracy and the military. Beyond material culture, the book delves into daily and seasonal cultural, social and religious activities, art, music, and the place of writing in Israelite society. Drawing on textual and archaeological evidence, and written with nontechnical language, the book

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: The Land and Its Peoplep. 1
The Landp. 1
The Peoplep. 6
The Sourcesp. 10
Rural Lifep. 13
The Villagep. 13
Physical Layoutp. 14
Types of Villagesp. 14
The Housep. 16
Biblical Depictions of Village Lifep. 21
Sociopolitical Structure of the Villagep. 21
Village Governmentp. 21
The Familyp. 22
Hospitalityp. 22
Religious Practicesp. 24
The Economyp. 25
Agriculturep. 26
Land Usep. 27
The Calendarp. 27
Field Crops, Fruit Trees, Vegetables, and Morep. 28
Herdingp. 29
Other Professions and Occupationsp. 30
Pottery Makingp. 30
Weavingp. 31
Tanningp. 32
Carpentryp. 33
Masonryp. 33
Metallurgyp. 34
Warfare: The Early Yearsp. 35
Ideologyp. 36
Strategy and Tacticsp. 37
Results of Warp. 41
Urban Lifep. 43
The Cityp. 43
City Planningp. 44
City Typesp. 44
Fortificationsp. 46
Water Systemsp. 49
Palaces and Other Accommodationsp. 49
Populationp. 52
Religionp. 54
The Economyp. 55
Trade and Commercep. 55
Overland Tradep. 56
Maritime Commercep. 58
When the Kings Went to Warp. 59
The Household and Life Cyclesp. 63
The Israelite Dietp. 63
Food Resourcesp. 63
The Menup. 65
Baked Goodsp. 65
Dairy Productsp. 66
Meat Dishesp. 67
Seafoodp. 68
Fowlp. 69
Fruit and Fruit Productsp. 70
Drinksp. 70
Other Foodsp. 71
Spices and Condimentsp. 72
Food Storagep. 72
Food Preparation and Consumptionp. 73
Health and Sicknessp. 74
Hygiene and Sanitationp. 78
Personal Hygienep. 78
Sanitationp. 79
Life Cyclesp. 80
Birthp. 81
Marriagep. 81
Death and Burialp. 83
Ancient Israelite Artsp. 87
Performing Arts: Music and Dancep. 87
Biblical Music and Musical Instrumentsp. 88
Musical Notesp. 90
Musical Performancep. 90
Private Performancep. 90
Public Performancep. 91
Secular Occurrencesp. 91
Religious Occurrencesp. 92
Visual Artsp. 93
Ivoryp. 93
Clayp. 94
Glyptic Artp. 96
Mixed Mediap. 97
Writing--Private and Officialp. 99
Privatep. 100
Official Writingsp. 101
Correspondencep. 102
Record Keepingp. 103
Chroniclesp. 104
Monumental Inscriptionsp. 105
Miscellaneous Inscriptionsp. 106
Creative Writingp. 106
A Day in the Life of the Ahuzam Familyp. 109
Notesp. 127
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 139
Index of Modern Authoritiesp. 145
Index of Hebrew Wordsp. 147
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