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Food in Ancient Judah: Domestic Cooking in the Time of the Hebrew Bible
Shafer-Elliott, Cynthia

Sheffield: Equinox, 2013 pp. xiv + 239. £60.00

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Description: The study of food in the Hebrew Bible and Syro-Palestinian archaeology has tended to focus on kosher dietary laws, the sacrificial system, and feasting only in elite contexts. More everyday ritual and practice the preparation of food in the home - has been overlooked. Food in Ancient Judah explores both the archaeological remains and ancient Near Eastern sources to see what they reveal about the domestic gastronomical daily life of ancient Judahites within the narratives of the Hebrew Bible. Beyond the findings, the methodology of the study is in itself innovative. Biblical passages that deal with domestic food preparation are translated and analyzed. Archaeological findings and relevant secondary resources are then applied to inform these passages. Food in Ancient Judah reflects both the shift towards the study of everyday life in biblical studies and archaeology and the huge expansion of interest in food history and will be of interest to scholars in all these fields.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Archaeology

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Review by Stephen Reed
Published 7/10/2013
Citation: Stephen Reed, review of Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, Food in Ancient Judah: Domestic Cooking in the Time of the Hebrew Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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