The Essential Companion to Life in Bible Times: Key Insights for Reading God's Word - eBook
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The Essential Companion to Life in Bible Times: Key Insights for Reading God's Word - eBook  -     By: Moiss Silva

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The 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
  • Health and Illnesses in biblical times
  • Social life
  • Population
  • The calendar
  • Economics
  • Crafts
  • Travel
  • Trade
  • Dress
  • Music
  • Government
  • The role of the King
  • Function of elders and officials
  • Israel's religious life

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Title: The Essential Companion to Life in Bible Times: Key Insights for Reading God's Word - eBook
By: Mois<\#233>s Silva
Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9780310535447
ISBN-13: 9780310535447
UPC: 025986535445
Stock No: WW88920EB

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From the customs of religious life to common domestic and social practices, The Essential Companion to Life in Bible Times is your quick and reliable guide to the cultural backgrounds that formed the backdrop of biblical writings.

Unlike many similar works, this Bible companion is organized thematically, making it easier to scan over broad subjects at one go. Topics include:

  • The family—describes what the Bible says about children and childbirth, education, the different roles performed by men and women; as well as topics like sex, marriage, divorce, old age, death, and burial.
  • The household—from house architecture and furniture to topics of everyday survival, such as food and its preparation, water access, and how illnesses were handled.
  • Work life—discusses major Old Testament occupations and trades, from livestock and woodworking to commerce.
  • Social life—includes explanations of population, the calendar, economics, crafts, travel and trade, dress, and music.
  • Government—how different aspects of governance were handled in towns, larger cities, and the state, including the roles of the king, 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 the role of priests and Levites.

Between the brief introductions you might find in a study Bible and the overwhelming amount of detail in an exhaustive reference handbook, Essential Companion to Life in Bible Times strikes the perfect balance of manageable information, giving any student of Scripture the keys to unlock commonly misunderstood passages as well as deepen your appreciation of even the most familiar Bible stories.

Author Bio

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

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