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Life in Ancient Israel – David Fiensy pt 3

Daily Life in Late Second Temple Israel – David Fiensy pt 3


Today, I have the blessing of talking with someone who is an expert when it comes to Biblical antiquities. For over 30 years, David Fiensy has been teaching Biblical studies and participating in numerous archaeological excavations and has a lot to share about ancient Palestine during the Roman occupation era in that area. He has written twelve academia books during the last 30 years. Now “semi-retired,” he has authored his first work of fiction, a novel titled “As Far As You Can.”  The setting is in Palestine about AD66 at the outbreak of the war against Rome.  We discussed that book in his last interview. You can hear all about that book if you go back into our archives and listen to episodes 428 and 429.

What about family life in general?  Marriage, spousal responsibilities, etc?

Now, today we are blessed to have some of the best medical care that mankind has ever known. We discussed some of the diseases in ancient Israel, in the days of Jesus. Tell us about some of medical care that was available in the days of Jesus?

That makes sense when you think about the woman with the issue of blood and how she spent all her living and nothing worked.

What was the average life expectancy in that time?

From birth:

age 20

After age 20:

Men 37

Women: 34

Some lived longer, some not so much.

If someone did die, what were funerals like? Infant funerals – not so much of a big deal.

When I was growing up, I seen estimates that about 70% of Americans were in church on Sunday. And you could see it. Even small churches had their parking lots packed out. Today, I seen on estimate that less than 20% of Americans go to church anymore.  What was it like in the days of Jesus as far as religious responsibilities go? If someone “missed” going to the synagogue, was that a major deal?

If someone wanted to get in touch with you, to ask a question or possibly do an interview such as this, how can they do that?  How can someone get in touch with you?

Folks, we are about out of time for today. I want to recommend David Fiensy’s book that we have been discussing to you. It sounds absolutely fascinating. I know it will give you a deeper perspective and appreciation of the scriptures. You will need to add his book, “Archeology of Daily Life in Late Second Temple Israel” to your reading collection. Use it as a reference as you do your Bible Studies. It will add clarity like you probably have never seen or understood before. Common teachings you’ve heard for years will suddenly make a lot more sense.


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Book on Amazon:  As Far As You Can


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