BAR 37:06, Nov/Dec 2011
ReViews: Down and Dirty in Jesus’ Time
Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus
By Jodi Magness
(Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011), 375 pp., $25 (paperback)
Archaeologist Jodi Magness is well known to BAR readers, perhaps best known for her work on Qumran. She is a leading scholar in her field and a dynamic lecturer. And this book well documents her expertise in the archaeological remains of ancient Judaism.
As Magness explains in the preface, the book was first conceived as a study of the archaeology of purity in ancient Judaism, a correlation of literary and archaeological evidence. The book gradually took on a broader focus, but the issue of purity in all its manifold aspects is never far away. Of the book’s 12 chapters at least nine deal with purity in one way or another.