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Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus

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s/t: An Investigation into Economic and Social Conditions during the New Testament Period
Including: Economic conditions in the city of Jerusalem, economic status, social status, and the maintenance of racial purity.
Paperback, 428 pages
Published January 1st 1969 by Fortress Press (first published 1967)
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This is quite a technical book written by a scholar so a little hard to understand I came away from reading this with the feeling that our prejudices are nothing compared to all of the ways you could find disfavor in those days. Your profession was suspect and many were out and out regarded as below all social consideration You had to be born into the right family and you had to for sure be born a Jew as proselytes (those who converted) could never actually reach the higher status. Your blood li ...more
Christofer Boeyink
Super fascinating book - have a much higher appreciation for the uniqueness of Christ - he was completely counter-cultural. One gem from the book - Samaritans were thought so low of that even the spittle of one could make you "unclean." They had their own Temple which was destroyed by Herod, and bands of Jews and Samaritans would attack each other often. The animosity between the two has no modern day comparison. This makes Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 even ...more
Classic volume from the late NT scholar on the background information of the times of Jesus in Jerusalem. Covers areas of economics, social status, politics, religious practices, and maintenance of Racial Purity in the late 2nd Temple era. A wealth of information on the daily life & relationships with insights from scripture and rabbinic literature.
Definitely a scholarly book, Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus is full of cultural information relevant to a study of the New Testament.
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