Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine

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Penguin, Mar 18, 2010 - History - 256 pages
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For anyone who's ever pondered what everyday life was like during the time of Jesus comes a lively and illuminating portrait of the nearly unknown world of daily life in first-century Palestine.

What was it like to live during the time of Jesus?

Where did people live?

Who did they marry?

And what was family life like?

How did people survive?

These are just some of the questions that Scott Korb answers in this engaging new book, which explores what everyday life entailed two thousand years ago in first-century Palestine, that tumultuous era when the Roman Empire was at its zenith and a new religion-Christianity-was born.

Culling information from primary sources, scholarly research, and his own travels and observations, Korb explores the nitty-gritty of real life back then-from how people fed, housed, and groomed themselves to how they kept themselves healthy. He guides the contemporary reader through the maze of customs and traditions that dictated life under the numerous groups, tribes, and peoples in the eastern Mediterranean that Rome governed two thousand years ago, and he illuminates the intriguing details of marriage, family life, health, and a host of other aspects of first-century life. The result is a book for everyone, from the armchair traveler to the amateur historian. With surprising revelations about politics and medicine, crime and personal hygiene, this book is smart and accessible popular history at its very best.

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This collection of authors notes tells the story of why he was unable to give us much information about the subject of the book, with 20% of the authors notes talking about Jesus, and why the book isn't about Jesus. Read full review

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The author dedicates more than one forward to assuring the reader that his book is NOT about Jesus (though Jesus is on the cover), then goes ahead and writes a book that frequently mentions Jesus. I ... Read full review


On the Epigraphs for Life in Year One
I The World in Year One
II Money in Year One
III Home in Year One
V Baths in Year One
VI Health in Year One
VIII Religion in Year One
IX War in Year One
X Death in Year One
Weve Nearly Reached the End of Our Journey

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Scott Korb is the co-author of The Faith Between Us: A Jew and a Catholic Search for the Meaning of God. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and graduate degrees from Union Seminary and Columbia University. He has written for Harper's, Gastronomica, the Revealer, and Commonweal. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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