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Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus
Magness, Jodi

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011 pp. xv + 335. $25.00


Description: In Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit Jodi Magness unearths “footprints” buried in both archaeological and literary evidence to shed new light on Jewish daily life in Palestine from the mid-first century B.C.E. to 70 C.E. — the time and place of Jesus’ life and ministry. Magness analyzes recent archaeological discoveries from such sites as Qumran and Masada together with a host of period texts, including the New Testament, the works of Josephus, and rabbinic teachings. Layering all these sources together, she reconstructs in detail a fascinating variety of everyday activities — dining customs, Sabbath observance, fasting, toilet habits, burial customs, and more.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism

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Review by Sean Freyne
Published 8/22/2012
Citation: Sean Freyne, review of Jodi Magness, Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by Sarah E. Rollens
Published 8/22/2012
Citation: Sarah E. Rollens, review of Jodi Magness, Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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