One can lay the responsibility for this situation at the feet of many offenders. Bad preaching, poorly formed clergy, infotainment television shows, etc. The truth is that concise resources for peering into the world behind the text are scarce.
Hendrickson Publishers' Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post Biblical Antiquity provides a much needed remedy for this most unfortunate situation.
Volume II is ready for your reading list.
It is easy enough to disembody Scripture from the very concrete reality of the ancient writers and the communities that received the texts. We can do well and begin to engage the Bible on its own terms if we take the time to situate ourselves in the context of the original author and his audience. This series, ambitious in scope, seeks to provide the reader with a window into the world of the ancient text, a world that a various points differs and confirms with our own.
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