Windows on the World of Jesus: Time Travel to Ancient Judea  -     By: Bruce J. Malina
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Windows on the World of Jesus: Time Travel to Ancient Judea

Westminster John Knox Press / 1993 / Paperback

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George Smith, a twentieth century American, moved into a house with a large vineyard in the Eastern Mediterranean during the first century A.D., going back in time and space. He needed help on his land and requested that individuals interested in work be at his place at 9 A.M. on August 8. No one showed up. This is just one of the sixy fun-to-read "window" Bruce Malina cleverly presents in this book that explains the customs and culture of the world in which Jesus lived and taught. Each adventure depicts a twentieth-century North American encountering puzzling practices while visiting Judea during this time period. These vignettes offer quick and easy access to the first-century Mediterranean world and relate to segments of the New Testament and other passages from the same cultural area.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 1993
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0664254578
ISBN-13: 9780664254575

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George Smith, a twentieth-century American, moved into a house with a large vineyard in the Eastern Mediterranean during the first century AD, going back in time and space. He needed help on his land and requested that individuals interested in work be at his place at 9 a.m. on August 8. No one showed up. Why not? This is just one of the sixty fun-to-read vignettes Bruce Malina cleverly presents in this book that explains the customs and culture of the world in which Jesus lived and taught. Each adventure depicts a twentieth-century North American encountering puzzling practices while visiting Judea during ancient times. These vignettes offer quick and easy access to the first-century Mediterranean world and relate to segments of the New Testament and other passages from the same cultural area.

Author Bio

Bruce J. Malina is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity of the Department of Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 5, 2001
    Michael Malorny
    Innovative approach to teach the cultural background and behaviors of first-century Judeans. Examples are given in the form of brief scenarios of typical interactions culminating in some conflict or unexpected behavior. Malina then explains why the outcome is different than that expected by a modern American. These insights are then compared to relevant passages in the New Testament. I found this to be easy to read while providing many valuable insights. Two minor observations are that the material is a bit repetitious and the author cites his own works relentlessly.Chapter headings are: 1. Honor and Shame; 2. General Interpersonal Behavior; 3. In-Group; 4. Intra-Family Relations; 5. Out-Group; 6. Loving-Kindness; 7. Common Values; 8. Concept of Time.
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