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A new, updated edition of a reliable guide to the manners and customs of the ancient world by a leading expert on the social world of the Bible

From what people wore, ate, and built to how they exercised justice, mourned, and viewed family and legal customs, The Cultural World of the Bible is an illustrated introduction that helps readers gain valuable cultural background on the biblical world. The attractive, full-color, user-friendly design will appeal to students, while numerous pedagogical features--including fifty photos, sidebars, callouts, maps, charts, a glossary of key terms, chapter outlines, and discussion questions--increase classroom utility. Previously published as Manners and Customs in the Bible.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.25 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801049733
ISBN-13: 9780801049736

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Author Bio

Victor H. Matthews (PhD, Brandeis University) is dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, where he has taught for thirty years. He is the author of numerous books, including The Hebrew Prophets and Their Social World.

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With impeccable skill, detailed research, and a thoroughly engaging style, Victor Matthews has produced a text that captures the complexity, beauty, and magnificence of the ancient biblical world. The study provides a window into the richness of an ancient people's historical, cultural, social, and religious life, beginning with the ancestral period and continuing through the intertestamental and New Testament periods. This work is perfect for undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in Bible.
-Carol J. Dempsey,
professor of theology (biblical studies), University of Portland

Matthews provides a reliable guide to the world of the Bible. Readers will be enlightened by the many details that he pulls together from a wide range of sources. His broad knowledge of the ancient world and its texts will serve well the reader who desires to dig deeper into the Bible and understand it in its cultural context.
-John Walton,
professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

This classic work is packed full of fresh information from archaeology and from texts outside the Bible that provide a multitude of insights into the Bible's social and religious practices. With its accessible style, the book contextualizes Israelite ways of life within the broad sweep of the ancient periods that the biblical books purport to represent. Highly recommended as a companion to reading the Bible.
-Mark S. Smith,
Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, New York University

This fourth edition will be of great use in the classroom. Maintaining the historical summaries and discussion of everyday life of earlier editions--including everything from fashion to child rearing to sewage systems--and with an expanded text, discussion questions, annotated bibliography, and glossary, this is an unparalleled resource for university instructors and students. As in his other work, Matthews takes a balanced view of the historical accuracy of the Bible, presenting the centrist position in current debates about the patriarchs, settlement period, and united monarchy. This book will greatly assist students to read the Bible with ancient social worlds in mind.
-Robert D. Miller II,
The Catholic University of America

The Cultural World of the Bible provides a comprehensive, sophisticated, and stimulating overview of the world standing behind the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament and the impression it left on their varied contents. Matthews navigates a remarkable spectrum of history, geography, and civilizations with masterful skill. Both seasoned scholars and newcomers to the study of the Bible will find this to be a valuable and eminently readable resource.
-Mark Leuchter,
director of Jewish studies, Temple University

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    Victor H. Matthews is dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University. He holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and is the author of numerous books, including, A Brief History of Ancient Israel and The Hebrew Prophets and Their Social World: An Introduction. He has also co-authored a number of highly acclaimed books, such as The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament and The Old Testament: Text and Context. The most recent contribution by Matthews, The Cultural World of the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to Manners and Customs, is the fourth edition of his popular manners and customs textbook previously titled Manners and Customs in the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to Daily Life in Bible Times.

    The Cultural World of the Bible is an up-to-date refinement of a classic work. Matthews provides the reader with a reliable guide to the world of the Bible that will inevitably open new insights to the biblical narrative. Matthews begins the book with a helpful introduction that sets the context for the discussion that follows, as well as arranges the foundation for the overall approach of the book. There are five periods addressed: (1) Ancestral Period, (2) Exodus-Settlement Period, (3) Monarchic Period, (4) Exile and Return, and (5) Intertestamental and New Testament Periods. Within each of these five periods Matthews seeks to guide the reader into the world of the Bible as he discusses a number of diverse issues, such as physical appearance and fashion, food preparation and diet, marriage and religious customs, legal customs, weapons and warfare, family and social life, as well as economic life, health issues, etc.

    Overall the reader will be impressed with the brevity and clarity with which Matthews is able to address such issues. I found his lengthy discussion on cultural issues faced by immigrants during the Ancestral Period both fascinating and enlightening. This was also the case in a number of other places, such as the social life and health issues of the Monarchic Period, and the economic and religious life of the Intertestamental and New Testament Periods. Throughout the book, Matthews sheds light on specific customs and practices and then roots them in the biblical narrative. Matthews also draws from a host of primary source material and provides a healthy annotated bibliography for further research. Each chapter closes with discussion questions, and there is both a glossary and index of Scripture and other ancient writings.

    If you are looking for an up-to-date guide to the manners and customs of the biblical world, then The Cultural World of the Bible is the book for you. Matthews is a leading expert in the social world of Ancient Israel, and the present volume, now in the fourth edition, testifies to this reality. My only complaint is the lack of illustrations presented in An Illustrated Guide to Manners and Customs. There are approximately 55 illustrations total within the over 300 pages of text. The book is certainly visually pleasing, but for some the lack of illustrations will be an issue. Another complaint is the lack of a hardcover edition. I understand the economics of having a paperback edition and readers will certainly appreciate the cheaper price-point. But this is a beautiful and informative volume, and my concern is that the paperback will not last frequent useand this book is one that is sure to see frequent use.

    I received this book for free from Baker Academic in exchange for an 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.
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