Daily Life in Late Second Temple Israel – David Fiensy pt 2
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.
Therefore, they did not have to explain certain terms or settings. Because everyone was living that culture. Take for example, I don’t know, “The Last Supper” and the term “reclining at the table.” That doesn’t mean they had just finished their feast and were lounging around in lawn chairs like we do at picnics today. It refers to the fact they did not traditionally use tables and chairs like we do in the west. Anyway, I love what you’ve done with this book.
Let me ask you this, were there any surprises that you found as you were doing your research, that would totally transform what we “think,” or what you thought, ancient Israel was like? Anything that would destroy some type of false teaching going on today as to what the “Biblical writers” were trying to communicate? Where Bible scholars have basically been teaching us wrong traditions?
Let’s go over just a few of the Chapters. Give us some little tidbit that will gives us a deeper perspective on some of the more common things that we take for granted. No so much take for granted, but something that maybe we do not understand at all with our western point of view.
Tell us about what City Life was like in the days of Jesus.
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.
David Fiensy Author Page on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/David-A-Fiensy/e/B001HOU8B4
Book on Amazon: As Far As You Can