Daily Life in Biblical Times

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Why does the Bible support marriage to multiple wives? Why does only one son inherit his father s property? Is it possible that the journey s hardships and the severe shortage of food prevented Sarah from conceiving?

In The Bible Really Happened, Dr. Liora Ravid follows in the footsteps of the biblical heroes, examining their stories based on the social and legal reality of their time. The book reconstructs the historical journey of Abraham and his family from Ur of the Chaldees to the land of Canaan from a land that worshipped multiple idols to the land of the One God, the birthplace of David, the judges, the prophets, and Jesus.

Ravid questions why the Bible begins with stories of the forefathers and foremothers, describing them as simple shepherds. Why were they so important? Ravid demonstrates that according to the pedigree in Genesis, the forefathers and foremothers originated from one noble family, the family that gave rise to King David, ancestor of the Messiah, and according to the New Testament, to Jesus as well.

Readers of the English Bible are often unaware of the special writing style of the original Hebrew, which uses rich wordplay and double entendre to add multiple layers of color and depth to the text. Especially for the non-Hebrew reader, the author opens a window on this hidden world within the words.

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Dr. Ravid, who earned her PhD in biblical studies, is a native Israeli, and has shared the language and landscape of the biblical characters throughout her life. In each chapter, she escorts the reader on a visit to their homeland. This insightful and witty book presents a realistic picture of the daily lives of the heroes who have accompanied us for thousands of years.

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The author, Dr. Liora Ravid, is a native of Israel and earned her doctorate in biblical studies. Thebook is divided into six parts, each covering topics in biblical culture, including family structure, the place of women, sexual violence, inheritance, and the historicity of the Bible. The author explains in the introduction that the intention of the book is to describe biblical stories within their cultural and historical context. Within the six parts are twenty-six chapters, each devoted to explaining details related to the topic in each part, with emphasis on the patriarchs and their experiences of family,marriage, conflict and tradition. The book concludes with a selected bibliography that covers a wide range of sources. What is unique about the book is its scholarly explanation of biblical concepts in laymans terms making the text of the book appropriate for any adult or young adult reader. This book is appropriate for any librarys non-fiction collection. --Arthur G. Quinn, St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, Boynton Beach, FL

If Liora Ravids book receives the attention I believe it deserves, it will transform the Bible for many readers from a vaguely-understood, often misunderstood, set of documents to one in which the world s best-known stories are better appreciated in their original context.

Author Liora Ravid helps us to understand the submissive role that women who lived during biblical times were required to play.

Ravid reminds us that feminism, women s rights, egalitarianism and other such movements born in the 20th century were as foreign to the imagination of biblical women as were rocket ships, nuclear weapons, and Comic Con.

There are many other biblical insights and surprises throughout Ravids well-researched and well-written book. Although some of the biblical family practices may be deemed ugly by modern Western standards, they still exist in other parts of the world. The book may even help us to better understand the culture clash between democratic western societies and tribal societies whose practices are close to those of our biblical ancestors. --Donald H. Harrison, San Diego Jewish World

If Liora Ravids book receives the attention I believe it deserves, it will transform the Bible for many readers from a vaguely-understood, often misunderstood, set of documents to one in which the world s best-known stories are better appreciated in their original context.

Author Liora Ravid helps us to understand the submissive role that women who lived during biblical times were required to play.

Ravid reminds us that feminism, women s rights, egalitarianism and other such movements born in the 20th century were as foreign to the imagination of biblical women as were rocket ships, nuclear weapons, and Comic Con.

There are many other biblical insights and surprises throughout Ravids well-researched and well-written book. Although some of the biblical family practices may be deemed ugly by modern Western standards, they still exist in other parts of the world. The book may even help us to better understand the culture clash between democratic western societies and tribal societies whose practices are close to those of our biblical ancestors. --Donald H. Harrison, San Diego Jewish World

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