Antiquity, Volume 1: A-Da   -     By: Edwin M. Yamauchi, Marvin R. Wilson
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Most Bible dictionaries on the market today miss a number of cultural and sociological issues of interest to the study of the Scriptures. The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity aims to fill this void. Written and edited by a world-class historian and also by a highly respected biblical scholar, this unique reference work provides background cultural and technical information on the world of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament from 2000 BC to approximately AD 600.

Articles on domestic life, technology, culture, laws, and religious practices are rarely found in available Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, but here they are explained in detail, accompanied by bibliographic material for further exploration. Articles range from 5-20 pages long.

While the authors are well known, they have also recruited 35-40 experts in the actual fields being discussed in numerous cases, and thus the series is further strengthened by the high level of scholarship applied to each of the articles. Scholars, pastors, and students (and their teachers) will find this to be a very useful resource for biblical study, exegesis, and sermon preparation.

This first volume in the The Dictionary of Daily Life series covers topics including: agriculture, art, barbers and beards, boats and ships, camels, childbirth and children, clothing, dance, and many more.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 436
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781619704602

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Editorial Reviews

"The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity is an outstanding resource. It is not another biblical dictionary; rather, it is a reference work like no other. It contains substantial, well-written entries on significant topics that flesh out the world of biblical and post-biblical antiquity. Each entry is accompanied by a lengthy, up-to-date bibliography. This important work belongs in every library."

—Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College

"The gifted contributors provide important surveys of both Old Testament and New Testament topics, helpfully providing background from the ancient Near East (for the Old Testament) and the Greco-Roman world (for the New Testament), as well as the later appropriation of the biblical material in Jewish and Christian sources. This invaluable reference work is a must for all students of the Bible."

—Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College

"Finally, we have been given a rich accordance of biblical knowledge. A remarkable collection of primary reference sources. The concrete topics give a better understanding of the meanings of scripture.

—Jacob Neusner, Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism, Bard College

"This creative new work introduces students, pastors, teachers, and other interested readers of the Bible to the patterns of life in ancient Israel in an understandable, engaging, and, yes, exciting way. Helpful bibliographies, knowledgeable treatments of relevant ancient texts and material culture, clear writing that avoids talking down to the audience, attention to under-discussed but relevant topics—all these qualities make this a reference work that will inform and delight readers for years to come."

—Mark W. Hamilton, Professor of Old Testament, Graduate School of Theology, Abilene Christian University

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  1. Michigan
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Phenomenal Achievement!
    February 1, 2016
    John M Kight
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The landscape of specialized biblical and theological dictionaries produces continual growth year-by-year. These dictionaries generally boast a more focused intention on content and tend to provide a more unique product as an end goal. The level of usefulness of these dictionaries can vary greatly depending on the academic or personal interest of the individual. However, because of the unique quality of such works the price-point is generally out of reach for the average consumerespecially for a multi-volume work like that being reviewed here. The intersection of such usefulness and availability is tellingly rare in this distinctive reference genre, and thus when it is clearly observed attention should be widely merited.

    The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Times (DDL) edited by Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson is a recent multi-volume dictionary series that is certain to offer itself as a benefit to many. At present, two of the four projected volumes of DDL have been produced with the remaining two volumes set to be released by the end of 2016. DDL is one of those unique cases, like that mentioned above, where the usefulness and availability of the resource intersect at almost every point. The present two volumes are jam-packed with both valuable and vital information for understanding the biblical world, and the forthcoming volumes are likewise projected to benefit a wide array of readership. Furthermore, the sheer affordability of DDL should almost guarantee that the intentions of the contributors can be enjoyed by both scholar and laity alike.

    DDL contains a number of important and unique articles related to the domestic life, technology, culture, laws, and religious practices of the ancient world. While other top-tier multi-volume dictionaries (Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (AYBD), International Standard Encyclopedia of the Bible (ISBE), etc.) may make reference to similar topics as DDL, it would be incredibly rare to observe them interacting with the same level of detail as DDL, and certainly not in the same format. For example, volume one opens with a thorough article on abortion that is near twice the length of that found in AYBD. Moreover, it also closes with an equally thorough discussion on dancing that is nearly seven times the length of that found in ISBEan article not even mentioned in AYBD. Other articles found in volume one include adoption, alcoholic beverages, banks and loans, beggars and alms, camels, childbirth and children, clothing, and much more.

    Volume two likewise has a number of unique articles related to the everyday life of the ancient world. It opens with a 20-page article on death and afterlife and concludes with a 23-page article on human sacrifice. By comparison, ISBE has an article on human sacrifice that is roughly 3-pages, and AYBD doesnt have a dedicated article at all. Other articles in volume two include divorce, dreams, education, eunuchs, hair, heating and lighting, and much more.

    I found the highpoints of DDL to overflow with at least three major benefits. First, as displayed above, the scope and comprehensiveness of each of the articles are unique even among some of the other top-tier dictionaries. Thus, while other works may occasionally have similar articles as DDL, they are generally much briefer and narrower in scope than that offered in DDL. Second, the organization of each article cultivates a much broader comprehension of the subject that is being discussed. Each article opens with a brief summary, followed by six major sections: (1) The Old Testament, (2) The New Testament, (3) The Ancient New Eastern World, (4) The Greco-Roman World, (5) The Jewish World, and (6) The Christian World. Thus, DDL tends to trace the topic of discussion much further (approximately 2000 BC to AD 600) and across a broader scope of cultural boundaries. Third, each article concludes with a healthy and up-to-date bibliography that is intentionally curated to catapult the curious reader in the right directionand this is something that is certain to awaken excitement in my fellow bibliography-enthusiasts.

    The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Times is a phenomenal achievement in the field of biblical studies. Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson have helpfully gathered together some of the most important information about the ancient world and packaged it in such a way to make it accessible and understandable to the average reader. From the far-reaching scope of the articles to the comprehensive exploration therein, DDL is a useful and affordable resource that merits immediate attention from any serious students of the Bible. In fact, with the coming anticipation of the final two volumes appearing just over the horizon, I couldnt think of a better reason to skip a few lattes to pick up the present two volumes today. Trust me, this is a resource you will want to consult often.

    I received a review copy of these books in exchange for and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Nashua, NH
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Resource
    June 25, 2015
    Nashua, NH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    I always wait months and read or use the product before writing a review. I bought the first volume of this Dictionry the week it became available and have grown to like it and use it often, many times just to read articles for pleasure as well as to better understand daily life in surrounding the biblical periods. Getting a basic understanding of life of cultures so diffirent from pur own, helps one understand those cultures in which the Bible was originally written.

    Each article is broken into several areas of focus.

    A. The Old Testament

    B. The New Testament

    C. The Near Eastern World

    D. The Greco-Roman World

    E. The Jewish World

    F. The Chriatian World

    Each article closes with a Bibliographry.

    Through the years the only option I could find to get answers to the topics and issues covered in this dictionary was tracking down books written specifically on a particular topic, such as Agriculture in the Near Eastern world, that discussed what was grown, traded, eaten, ect. These types of books are scarce and hard to find, at least those written by qualified scholars that are reliable and trustworthy.

    With this, eventual 3 volume set, it is simple to get a great overview, which may be all you need. But it also lists books, articles or Jourals (such as the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, JETS) where you can turn to for more indepth study.

    Very highly recommended!

    A Fantastic Resource!
  3. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun Resource
    October 31, 2014
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Are you looking for a resource to add some real spice to your Bible study? You need to check out Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity edited by Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson and published by Hendrickson. This first release of a planned three-volume set covers A-Da.

    This attractive volume has two special features. It focuses more on subjects that might occur to you and I rather than just Bible terms. Things like Barbers and Beards and Bellows and Furnaces would be a little harder to track down in a typical Bible encyclopedia set. The other distinction is price. Many Bible students never get down to purchasing Bible encyclopedia sets because of the full-frontal assault upon their wallets. This volume is more within financial reach.

    Besides being enlightening, and a real aid in sermon or lesson preparation, these articles are fun. They at times tell about things you want to know but whose information you never quite came across. Subjects like abortion, animal husbandry, bathing, and clothing are just a few of those that make fascinating reading.

    As with any such work, you may wonder how the choice of entries was arrived at, and at times you may not buy into the evidence presented, but overall the work is outstanding. Looking at every subject in the chronological order of OT, NT, the Near Eastern World, the Greco-Roman, the Jewish World, and the Christian World is especially ideal.

    I recommend this volume and eagerly await the other two volumes to complete the set.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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