The Essential Companion to Life in Bible Times

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  • Copyright: 2011-08-16
  • Publisher: Zondervan
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Essential Companion to Life in Bible Times organizes material in thematic fashion and distills from the various articles the information that is most useful for appreciating the cultural background of the biblical writings.The book begins with a chapter on the family, describing what the Bible says about children, from their birth through their education, and discusses the roles played by men and women when they reached adulthood. The topics of sex, marriage, divorce, old age, death, and burial are also treated.From there, topics include:-The household---from house architecture and furniture to the subjects of food and water---and health and illnesses in biblical times.-Social life, including population, the calendar, economics, crafts, travel and trade, dress, and music.-Government in the towns, the larger cities, and the state; including the role of the king, as well as the function of elders and officials.-Israel's religious life---from the use of high places and altars, to the importance of the tabernacle and the temple, to role of priests and Levites.

Author Biography

Moiss Silva taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conweli Theological Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of eight books and the revising editor of The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Abbreviationsp. 9
Childrenp. 11
Men's and Women's Rolesp. 14
Sex, Marriage, and Divorcep. 16
Old Age and Deathp. 19
Houses and Furniturep. 23
Types of Foodp. 27
Food Preparationp. 30
Prohibited Foodsp. 32
Waterp. 33
Health and Illnessesp. 35
Cultivationp. 40
Livestockp. 46
Woodworkingp. 48
Quarrying and Metallurgyp. 49
Pottery Makingp. 54
Other Occupationsp. 54
Commerce and Economicsp. 60
Societal Relationsp. 65
Populationp. 66
Slaveryp. 68
Dressp. 72
Musicp. 77
Towns and Citiesp. 80
Elders and Officialsp. 87
The Kingp. 90
Law and Justicep. 94
International Relationsp. 96
Warfarep. 98
Religious life
Altars and High Placesp. 108
Tabernacle and Templep. 111
Priests and Levitesp. 118
Feastsp. 120
Sacrifices and Offeringsp. 122
Ritual Purityp. 127
Synagoguep. 130
Scribes and Rabbisp. 133
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