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How can one fully comprehend the Old Testament book of Ruth without understanding ancient Israelite marriage traditions? Even a quick skim of the Gospels has you wondering about tax collectors, religious officials, fishermen, and farmers. And so much is missed when reading Acts and the Epistles without some grasp of Roman law and government. Now newly revised and fully updated, each chapter of Manners & Customs in the Bible furnishes an introduction to the political and physical setting of specific periods in Israel's history and outlines the basic structure of its social world. Scripture passages are featured alongside the text to keep relevant biblical passages in view. 150 new color photos and illustrations, new maps and diagrams, and a new glossary make this a must have resource for your library! Victor H. Matthews is Dean of the College, and professor of religious studies at Southwest Missouri State University. He received a PhD from Brandeis University and has written numerous popular as well as scholarly articles. He is the author of Manners and Customs in the Bible, and co-author of Old Testament Parallels: Laws and Stories from the Ancient Near East and The Social World of Ancient Israel.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801047056
ISBN-13: 9780801047053
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Opening New Windows onto Bible People, Customs, and Contexts

Directly after a good concordance and a Bible dictionary, a thoroughly reliable guide to the manners and customs of the Bible is the next must-have resource for any student of the Bible. Now fully updated with vivid new photos and images, this excellent resource will help readers gain valuable cultural background on the biblical world. What people wore, what they ate, what they built, how they exercised justice, how they mourned, how they viewed family and legal customs--all are "manners and customs" and all vary from period to period throughout Israel's history.

How can one fully comprehend the Old Testament book of Ruth without understanding ancient Israelite marriage traditions? Even a quick skim of the Gospels starts readers wondering about tax collectors, religious officials, fishermen and farmers. And so much is missed when reading Acts and the Epistles without some grasp of Roman law and government.

Countless questions crop up when reading the Bible:
• Why would Lot even think of throwing his daughters to a mob?
• How did the Exile change Israel's religious life?
• What were the differences between Sadducees, Pharisees, scribes, and Essenes?

Offering much more than fascinating color pictures, each chapter furnishes an introduction to the political and physical setting of specific periods in Israel's history, and outlines the basic structure of its social world. Featuring Scripture passages alongside the text to keep relevant biblical passages in view, it includes all new illustrations and photos for an invaluable visual experience of the world of Abraham, David, Jesus, and Paul.

Author Bio

Victor H. Matthews is dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University. He received his PhD from Brandeis University and has written numerous popular as well as scholarly articles. He is the coauthor of Old Testament Parallels: Laws and Stories from the Ancient Near East and The Social World of Ancient Israel.

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