Uncovering, understanding, and appreciating the cultural background of biblical writings
Organized in thematic fashion, The Essential Companion to Life in Bible Times describes what is known about the life and customs in biblical times - Invaluable knowledge for a proper interpretation of the Bible.
The book brings with a chapter on the family, describing what the Bible says about children, from their birth through their education, and discussing the roles played by med and women when they reach adulthood. The topics of sex, marriage, and divorce, old age, death, and burial are also explored.
From there, topics include:
- The household - from house architecture and furniture to the subjects of food and water, as well as health and illnesses.
- Social life - including population, the calendar, economics, crafts, travel and trade, dress, and music.
- Government - from the towns to the larger cities and to the state, including the role of the king and the fnctions of elders and officials.
- Israel's religious life - from the use of high places and altars to the importance of the tabernacle and the temple to the role pf priests and Levites.
Drawing on the wealth of material from The Zondervan Encyclopeida of the Bible and the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary, The Essential Companion to Life in Bible Times is most useful for uncovering, understanding, and appreciating the cultural background of the biblical writings.
About the Author:
Moisés Silva taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of eight books and the revising editor of The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.