Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity, Volume 2:De-H  -     By: Edwin M. Yamauchi, Marvin R. Wilson
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Most Bible dictionaries on the market 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 a highly respected biblical scholar, with contributions by many others, 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 explain details of domestic life, technology, culture, laws, and religious practices, and are accompanied by extensive bibliographic material for further exploration. Articles range from 5-20 pages long. Scholars, pastors, and students (and their teachers) will find this to be a useful resource for biblical study, exegesis, and sermon preparation.

This second volume covers around 41 topics from De-Ma, including: Dentistry & Teeth, Diseases & Plagues, Drama & Theaters, Dreams, Education, Food Production, Games & Gambling, Harbors, Heating & Lighting, Insects & Bees, Jewelry, Kisses & Embraces, Laws & Crimes, Literacy, Marriage, and many more.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 600
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781619706408

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Most Bible dictionaries on the market 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 a highly respected biblical scholar, with contributions by many others, 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 explain details of domestic life, technology, culture, laws, and religious practices, and are accompanied by extensive bibliographic material for further exploration. Articles range from 5-20 pages long. Scholars, pastors, and students (and their teachers) will find this to be a useful resource for biblical study, exegesis, and sermon preparation.

This second volume covers around 41 topics from De-Ma, including: Dentistry & Teeth, Diseases & Plagues, Drama & Theaters, Dreams, Education, Food Production, Games & Gambling, Harbors, Heating & Lighting, Insects & Bees, Jewelry, Kisses & Embraces, Laws & Crimes, Literacy, Marriage, and many more.

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This wonderful resource is much more than a dictionary. It is a compendium of substantive essays on numerous facets of daily life in the ancient world. I am frequently asked by pastors and students for recommendations on books that illuminate the manners, customs, and cultural practices of the biblical world. Now I have the ideal set of books to recommend.
--Clinton E. Arnold
Dean and Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology (Biola University)

One of the important things that people need in addition to the biblical text is a solid reference work that addresses the everyday life and contextual aspects of the world of the Bible. The authors of this volume provide that essential aid in an easy-to-understand and intriguing manner. They help the Bible come alive and in the process transform a foreign and ancient setting into an approachable and interesting place to visit again and again.
--Victor H. Matthews
Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University

Professors Edwin Yamauchi and Marvin Wilson, both distinguished scholars, have assembled a team of experts to produce a unique set of dictionaries that will be a great resource for students, pastors, and scholars alike. This is not your standard Bible dictionary, but one that focuses on aspects of daily life in Bible times, addressing interesting and sometimes puzzling topics that are often overlooked in other encyclopedias. I highly recommend the Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity and will be giving it "shout-outs" in my classes in the years to come.
--James K. Hoffmeier
Professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern Archaeology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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  1. Michigan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Phenomenal Achievement!
    February 1, 2016
    John M Kight
    Michigan
    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. Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Excellent Resource
    September 8, 2015
    Jason Gardner
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Along with an abundance of Bible translations available to the English-speaking world, we also have a wealth of resources and tools with which to study the Bible at our disposal. So, some may wonder why another dictionary that seeks to say something about the ancient world in which the Bibles story unfolded? With such acclaimed series as The Anchor Bible Dictionary and IVPs black dictionaries, do we really need another? In short, yes, for a couple of reasons. First, for all we know about the ancient world, theres quite a bit more that we dont know. What we dont know about the ancient world, however, is steadily decreasing (albeit very slowly) and with new discoveries and advancements comes the need to supplement what we already know. Second, no matter how exhaustive a resource attempts to be, it is simply impossible to say all that can/needs to be said about a given issue, hence the need for other volumes and/or series to fill in the gaps. This is precisely the goal of Hendricksons marvelous series Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity (hereafter DDL).

    The primary way in which this series differs from others is its focuson the daily life of those of antiquity. More technical series (ABD, IVPs black dictionaries) offer insight into all aspects of the biblical world, particularly those issues that were more pervasive socially, e.g., imperial cult, agriculture, religious praxis, etc. The DDL, however, places the focus on aspects of life that were perhaps not central to the texts that reflected the culture. Ed Yamauchi, who both edited and contributed to this series, cites the issue of abortion as but one example of a practice that was pervasive in the ancient Mediterranean, yet is not addressed in the Bible (1). This particular volume covers such matters as dentistry and teeth, doors and keys, food consumption, heating and lighting, and horses, along with a number of other aspects of daily like that are perhaps more expected. As Yamauchi correctly points out, the authors of the Bible took for granted what was well known to themselves and their audience, thus they had no need to provide all the requisite background information to understand what they were reporting (1). As such, we must comb the sources of the ancient world in order to understand their world and thus better understand the context of the Bible. However, outside of academia, most readers of the bible have neither the resources nor the skills to mine the depths of ancient sources, so works like DDL demonstrate their ultimate value.

    The articles are written by experts in their fields but are written in very accessible prose so that the reader might receive the maximum benefit. Each topic is discussed in various contextsthe scriptural first (Old and New Testaments) followed by the cultural (Near Eastern, Greco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian)thus providing the reader with a wider range of backgrounds against which to understand that particular issue. To accommodate those who wish to read beyond the pages of DDL, each article concludes with a substantive up-to-date bibliography.

    There is really nothing to dislike about this series, save for the use of transliterated terms from the languages of the sources cited and otherwise noted. This negligible element aside, the DDL is a solid work, one that will benefit both scholars and non-academics alike. It goes without saying (but Ill say it anyway) that no, it is improbable that anyone reading these volumes wont find something they disagree with. However, this volume (and presumably the first one) are well researched and lucidly written, so even in disagreement readers will learn with great benefit. Will this series replace others? No, and it isnt meant toits a supplement to previous works that will greatly aid in the study of the world of the Bible.
  3. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enlightening!
    August 6, 2015
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Here is volume 2 in the planned three-volume set from Hendrickson that continues the promising start we found in volume one. This volume continues to live up to its stated aim of giving us insight into the daily life of Bible times with articles that cover what is often missed in other Bible dictionary or reference volumes. As one who owns several Bible Dictionary or Bible Encyclopedia sets, I found things covered well here that were little covered in larger volumes.

    Written on a level that any Bible student could comprehend, this book is still backed by impeccable scholarship. 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 and enlightening.

    Some of the most fascinating subjects in this volume include dentistry and teeth, divorce, dwellings, hair, and heating and lighting. In the article on divorce, for example, you will find information that may not match everything that you have heard. In the one on dentistry and teeth, you will simply be glad you did not live in Bible times!

    There are even a handful of color pictures at the end. This practical resource will be a blessing to any Bible student or pastor, and I highly recommend it and eagerly anticipate the final volume.

    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.
  4. Nashua, NH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    For the Price, the best addition to your library you can make today.
    July 23, 2015
    Stef
    Nashua, NH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Having written a more in-depth review on volume one, this one will be short.

    The excellence of volume one is kept up in the second. For me, the best aspect of this soon to be three volume dictionary, remains the very topics covered, the depth of each article, and the short bibliography at the end of each article (where to look for further study if you wish).

    To understand what I am saying here, and If you have the time and access to larger and more expensive dictionaries or encyclopedias (whether single or multi volume), try comparing the articles covered in these smaller volumes to the larger reference works. You probably won't find the topics covered in these volumes in the larger reference works. Or, if they do have them, they are short, and lack depth.

    Everyone who buys and uses this soon-to-be 3 volume dictionary, owes Edwin M. Yamauchi, Marvin R. Wilson, and Hendrickson Publishers, a hearty "Thank you!".

    (To see my longer review, go to the first volume's web page and scroll down to the'Reviews.)
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