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The Cultural World of the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to Manners and Customs
Matthews, Victor H.

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015 pp. 336.4th Edition. $26.99


Description: 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-color, 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.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Israel

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Review by Tyler R. Yoder
Published 1/12/2017
Citation: Tyler R. Yoder, review of Victor H. Matthews, The Cultural World of the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to Manners and Customs, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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