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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Korb Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What was it like to live during the time of Jesus? Where did people live? Who did they marry? What was family life like? And how did people survive?

These are just some of the questions that Scott Korb answers in this engaging new book, which explores what everyday life entailed two thousand years ago in first-century Palestine, that tumultuous era when the Roman Empire was at its zenith and a new religion—Christianity—was born.

Culling information from primary sources, scholarly research, and his own travels and observations, Korb explores the nitty-gritty of real life back then—from how people fed, housed, and groomed themselves to how they kept themselves healthy. He guides the contemporary listener through the maze of customs and traditions that dictated life under the numerous groups, tribes, and peoples in the eastern Mediterranean that Rome governed two thousand years ago, and he illuminates the intriguing details of marriage, family life, health, and a host of other aspects of first-century life. The result is a book for everyone, from the armchair traveler to the amateur historian. With surprising revelations about politics, medicine, crime, and personal hygiene, this book is smart and accessible popular history at its very best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Korb’s vivid, breezy prose makes accessible a mountain of scholarship that illuminates the past.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Easygoing in pace, Morey’s narration is more conversational than dramatic, a style that makes this detailed work accessible and interesting from the beginning.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Olson | 12/12/2013

    " It was interesting. It wasn't too dense or academic, which I was thankful for. It reads like an entertaining lecture on life during the time of Jesus. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erin | 11/12/2013

    " Very odd. Learned a few new facts, but not much. Found the footnotes and high-ho cheerio style more than distracting. The conclusion is just plain off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margaret Sankey | 10/3/2013

    " Nice popular social history extrapolating everyday details (food, housing, social customs) from first century sources--What Have the Romans Done For Us? Well, let you pay your back-breaking taxes with specially minted non-iconic coins, for one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Schmerica | 10/1/2013

    " Quite enjoyable, but not anything that's going to stick with me. "

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About the Author
Author Scott Korb

Scott Korb, a writer and documentary editor, has been published in Harper’s, Gastronomica, Commonweal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Baltimore Sun. He is coauthor, with Peter Bebergal, of The Faith Between Us and associate editor of the Harriet Jacobs Family Papers, the first and possibly only papers collection that will ever exist of a woman held in slavery. Korb earned master’s degrees from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University and currently teaches at New York University.