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The Cultural World of the Bible

An Illustrated Guide to Manners and Customs

by Victor H Matthews

Understand the world that shaped the lives of the Old Testament's inhabitants with this guide to the pre-Christ cultures.

  • For students and Bible enthusiasts seeking insight into ancient customs.

  • Provides a comprehensive guide to biblical social customs.

  • Enhances understanding of the Bible's cultural context for deeper insights.

  • Author

    Victor H Matthews

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    Baker Publishing Group

  • Published

    August 2015

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The Cultural World of the Bible

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In this new edition of a successful book (over 120,000 copies sold), now updated throughout, a leading expert on the social world of the Bible offers students a reliable guide to the manners and customs of the ancient world.

From what people wore, ate, and built to how they exercised justice, mourned, and viewed family and legal customs, this illustrated introduction helps readers gain valuable cultural background on the biblical world.

The attractive, full-colour, user-friendly design will appeal to students, while numerous pedagogical features--including fifty photos, sidebars, callouts, maps, charts, a glossary of key terms, chapter outlines, and discussion questions--increase classroom utility.

Previously published as Manners and Customs in the Bible.


Reconstructing Israel's Social World from Context
Development of Biblical Literature
Historical Geography of Bible Lands
Approach of This Book
Discussing Aspects of Everyday Life in Ancient Israel

1. Ancestral Period

Historical Introduction
Physical Appearance and Fashion
Cultural Issues Faced by Immigrants
Herding Practices
Food Preparation and Diet
Marriage Customs
Religious Practices
Legal Customs
Weapons and Warfare

2. Exodus-Settlement Period

Historical Introduction
Village Life
Agricultural Methods and Tools
Weapons and Warfare
Social Organization and Administration of Law
Family Life
Religious Practices

3. Monarchic Period

Historical Introduction
The Israelite City
Social Life
Health Issues
Religious Practices
Weapons and Warfare

4. Exile and Return

Historical Introduction
Life in the Diaspora
Life after the Return from Exile
Religious Life in the Diaspora, Yehud, and Samaria

5. Intertestamental and New Testament Periods

Historical Introduction
Background to Hellenism: The Persian Period
The Rise of Hellenism: Alexander and the Diadochoi
Temporary Independence: The Hasmonean Kingdom
Last Glimpses of Power: The Herods
Roman Rule and Jewish Protest: The First Jewish Revolt

A Final Chapter: Bar Kochba and Diasporic Judaism
Social Life
Economic Life
Religious Life




  • Author

    Victor H Matthews

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    Baker Publishing Group

  • Published

    August 2015

  • Edition

    4th annotated edition

  • Weight


  • Page Count


  • Dimensions

    178 x 235 x 20 mm

  • ISBN


  • ISBN-10


  • Eden Code


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  • Author/Creator: Victor H Matthews

  • ISBN: 9780801049736

  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

  • Release Date: August 2015

  • Weight: 664g

  • Dimensions: 178 x 235 x 20 mm

  • Eden Code: 4335021

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