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Daily Life in Biblical Times
by Oded Borowski
SBL Press, 2003
Paper: 978-1-58983-042-4 | eISBN: 978-1-58983-676-1

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
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 will be especially helpful for undergraduates, seminarians, pastors, rabbis, and other interested nonspecialist readers as well as graduate students and faculty in Hebrew Bible.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Oded Borowski is Associate Professor of Biblical Archaeology and Hebrew at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and co-director of the Lahav Research Project, Phase III. He is also the author of Agriculture in Iron Age Israel (Eisenbrauns) and Every Living Thing: Daily Use of Animals in Ancient Israel (AltaMira).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
     Contents
    Table of Contents
    Preface										
    Ch. 1, Introduction: The Land and Its People					
    	The Land								
    	The People								
    	The Sources								
    Ch. 2, Rural Life								
    	The Village								
    		Physical Layout						
    		Types of Villages						
    		The House							
    		Biblical Depictions of Village Life				
    	Socio-Political Structure of the Village				
    		Village Government						
    		The Family							
    		Hospitality							
    		Religious Practices						
    	The Economy								
    		Agriculture							
    			Land Use						
    			The Calendar						
    			Field Crops, Fruit Trees, Vegetables and More	
    		Herding							
    		Other Professions and Occupations				
    			Pottery Making					
    			Weaving						
    			Tanning						
    			Carpentry						
    			Masonry						
    			Metallurgy						
    	Warfare: The Early Years						
    		Ideology							
    		Strategy and Tactics						
    		Results of War						
    Ch. 3, Urban Life								
    	The City								
    		City Planning							
    			City-types						
    			Fortifications						
    			Water Systems					
    			Palaces and Other Accommodations			
    		Population							
    		Religion							
    	The Economy								
    		Trade and Commerce						
    			Overland Trade					
    			Maritime Commerce					
    	When the Kings Went to War						
    Ch. 4, The Household and Life Cycles					
    	The Israelite Diet							
    		Food Resources						
    		The Menu							
    			Baked Goods						
    			Dairy Products					
    			Meat Dishes						
    			Seafood						
    			Fowl							
    			Fruit and Fruit Products				
    			Drinks							
    			Other Foods						
    			Spices and Condiments				
    		Food Storage							
    		Food Preparation and Consumption				
    	Health and Sickness							
    	Hygiene and Sanitation						
    		Personal Hygiene						
    		Sanitation							
    	Life Cycles								
    		Birth								
    		Marriage							
    		Death and Burial						
    Ch. 5, Ancient Israelite Arts							
    	Performing Arts: Music and Dance					
    		Biblical Music and Musical Instruments			
    		Musical Notes							
    	Musical Performance							
    		Private Performance						
    		Public Performance						
    			Secular Occurrences					
    			Religious Occurrences					
    	Visual Arts								
    		Ivory								
    		Clay								
    		Glyptic Art							
    		Mixed Media							
    Ch. 6, Writing - Private and Official						
    	Private									
    	Official Writings							
    		Correspondence						
    		Record Keeping						
    		Chronicles							
    		Monumental Inscriptions					
    	Miscellaneous Inscriptions						
    	Creative Writing							
    Ch. 7, A Day in the Life of the Ahuzam Family				
    End Notes									
    Index of Biblical References
     

    Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Jews Social life and customs To 70 A, D, Palestine Social life and customs To 70 A, D, Bible, O, T, Antiquities, Palestine Civilization



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