Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Apr 12, 2011 - History - 335 pages
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In Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit Jodi Magness unearths footprints buried in both archaeological and literary evidence to shed new light on Jewish daily life in Palestine from the mid-first century b.c.e. to 70 c.e. the time and place of Jesus life and ministry.

Magness analyzes recent archaeological discoveries from such sites as Qumran and Masada together with a host of period texts, including the New Testament, the works of Josephus, and rabbinic teachings. Layering all these sources together, she reconstructs in detail a fascinating variety of everyday activities dining customs, Sabbath observance, fasting, toilet habits, burial customs, and more.

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User Review  - Jocelyn - Goodreads

And for my next trick, I will transform an archaeologist into a rabbinic scholar! Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I really learned a lot about biblical life, sects, and observance of purity laws, as well as how much we really haven't learned yet about the time and how much is open to interpretation. Really interesting, I really enjoyed it! Read full review


Footprints in Archaeology and Text
Purifying the Body and Hands
Creeping and Swarming Creatures Locusts Fish Dogs Chickens and Pigs
Household Vessels Pottery Oil Lamps Glass Stone and Dung
Dining Customs and Communal Meals
Sabbath Observance and Fasting
Clothing and Tzitzit
Toilets and Toilet Habits
Tombs and Burial Customs
Epilogue The Aftermath of 70
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Subjects
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Texts

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About the author (2011)

Jodi Magness is Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, her research interests include ancient pottery, ancient synagogues, and the Roman army in the East, and she has published and lectured extensively on these subjects. She has participated in twenty different excavations in Israel and Greece, including serving as codirector of the 1995 excavations in the Roman siege works at Masada. Her works include the award-winning books The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls and The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine.

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