Papyri and the Social World of the New Testament

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 11, 2019 - Bibles - 192 pages
In this book, Sabine R. Huebner explores the world of the protagonists of the New Testament and the early Christians using the rich papyrological evidence from Roman Egypt. This gives us unparalleled insights into the everyday lives of the non-elite population in an area quite similar to neighboring Judaea-Palestine. What were the daily concerns and difficulties experienced by a carpenter's family or by a shepherd looking after his flocks? How did the average man or woman experience a Roman census? What obstacles did women living in a patriarchal society face in private, in public, and in the early Church? Given the flight of Jesus' family into Egypt, how mobile were the lower classes, what was their understanding of geography, and what costs and dangers were associated with travel? This volume gives a better understanding of the structural, social, and cultural conditions under which figures from the New Testament lived.


Egypt and the Social World of the New Testament
The Herodian
The Family and Household
Travel by
Index Locorum
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Sabine R. Huebner is Professor of Ancient History and Head of the Doctoral Program in Classical Civilizations at the Universitšt Basel, Switzerland. Her research focuses on social and religious history and the everyday life of common people in antiquity. She has published monographs including The Family in Roman Egypt (Cambridge, 2013) and is co-editor of Growing up Fatherless in Antiquity (Cambridge, 2009), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (2012), Inheritance, Law and Religion in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds (2014), Mediterranean Families in Antiquity (2016) and The Single Life in the Roman and Later Roman Worlds (Cambridge, forthcoming).

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