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Palestine in the Time of Jesus: Social Structures and Social Conflicts [Paperback]

K. C. Hanson , Douglas E. Oakman
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April 1998
Through judicious use of social sciences, this enormously helpful volume explains the primary social institutions and structures of ancient Palestine with a view of how they are reflected in, and shaped by, the early Jesus movement.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080062808X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800628086
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,697,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best overview of Palestine culture I have read 4 Jan 1999
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This book is an excellent and extremely readable guide to the culture of 1st century Palestine. It clarifies the context in which Jesus conducted his ministry, identifying the dominant power structures which contrasted to his own kingdom "community."
The book approaches its subject from a sociological perspective, identifying the dynamics within four social domains -- kinship, politics, economics and religion. These categories made the subject matter come alive. The content was more readable and relevant than any previous book on 1st century Palestine culture I had read.
The book's usefulness is enhanced by the charts generously interspersed throughout the text. Occasional comparisons between the ancient world and modern society helped to clarify key points. Each chapter also contained a brief section entitled "Applying the Perspectives," which posed pertinent and thought-provoking questions about the implications of the content -- how it provides insight into interpretation of one of Jesus' teachings and how that insight might be applied to our own day and time.
Dr. Hanson and Dr. Oakman should be applauded for making such rich content accessible and understandable to today's reading audience. This book would be valuable to a wide variety of readers -- it is challenging enough for seminary students and pastors but free of the academic gobbledygook that could make it intimidating or "not worth the time" for "non-professionals." As a lay person who seeks a deeper understanding of the Jesus story and how it applies to contemporary issues, I am grateful for this excellent resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best overview of Palestine culture I have read 4 Jan 1999
By Margaret Maat - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent and extremely readable guide to the culture of 1st century Palestine. It clarifies the context in which Jesus conducted his ministry, identifying the dominant power structures which contrasted to his own kingdom "community."
The book approaches its subject from a sociological perspective, identifying the dynamics within four social domains -- kinship, politics, economics and religion. These categories made the subject matter come alive. The content was more readable and relevant than any previous book on 1st century Palestine culture I had read.
The book's usefulness is enhanced by the charts generously interspersed throughout the text. Occasional comparisons between the ancient world and modern society helped to clarify key points. Each chapter also contained a brief section entitled "Applying the Perspectives," which posed pertinent and thought-provoking questions about the implications of the content -- how it provides insight into interpretation of one of Jesus' teachings and how that insight might be applied to our own day and time.
Dr. Hanson and Dr. Oakman should be applauded for making such rich content accessible and understandable to today's reading audience. This book would be valuable to a wide variety of readers -- it is challenging enough for seminary students and pastors but free of the academic gobbledygook that could make it intimidating or "not worth the time" for "non-professionals." As a lay person who seeks a deeper understanding of the Jesus story and how it applies to contemporary issues, I am grateful for this excellent resource.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the "one-stop-shop" for social science and the Gospels 28 Jun 2001
By isaac - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow. I've read a bunch of books in this area and, having read this one, I wish I had just read this one first and saved myself a lot of time. This book presents a thorough yet accessible view of Palestinian society at the time of Jesus, covering the major social structures in the areas of family, politics, economy, and religion. For me, the book's key feature was its wonderfully clear organization, but I also appreciated the concise writing and illuminating examples. I was also impressed by the authors' affirmative efforts to point those interested in further information and research in the right direction, including reference to a website building on their work. A wonderful overview and fine piece of work.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the ancient world 24 Mar 2000
By sylantroadie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I used this text for the first time with my students in the Fall semester of 1999. Not only did I enjoy reading the text, but the students found it to be accessable and understandable. The ancient world came alive, not only for me, but also for my students. A great introduction to the ancient cultural surroundings of the New Testament.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridging the cultural gap 27 Dec 2005
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I was pleasantly surprised with Hanson & Oakman's work. Thorough yet accessible scholarship on the concrete social and political realities of first century Palestine, essential for understanding the formative context in which the historical and human Jesus developed. Includes helpful glossaries and detailed social- scientific diagrams of the structures of Palestinian society. I highly recommend this book for anyone seriously interested in understanding the social, political, and economic realities of Jesus' time!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jesus, King of Israel 16 April 2013
By Kitchen Magician - Published on Amazon.com
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The author might want to open a Bible where Jesus is called the King of Israel, not "palestine" which is a bogus modern European-invented name for Israel. In fact, "palestine" does not appear in the Old Testament nor in the New Testament, not even once. Israel appears 2500 times. Oops, too late. LOL

John 12:13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! "Blessed is the king of Israel!"

It wasn't until 100 years after Jesus's death that the Romans imposed the Latin name "palaestina" on Israel as punishment for the Bar Kokhba rebellion against Roman occupation 132-135 CE, in an attempt to erase the Jewish identity with the land and 1000 years of Jewish nationhood. As added punishment, "palaestina" was chosen based on the "philistines" who were ancient enemies of the Jews. Coinage minted by Jewish rebels in this period featured the inscriptions, "Freedom of Israel" and "Redemption of Israel"

Thus, Jesus, presumably, would have vehemently rejected the Roman invention of "palaestina" and the equally insulting English name "palestine" Anglicized by European Christians in the 19th century enamored of classical antiquity.

Those who reinvent the name "palestine" wittingly or otherwise are, in effect, furthering the Roman intent to erase the now-3000 year Jewish identity of the land of Israel, not palestine
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