By Nancy M. Tischler
The Bible is the principal textual content of Western civilization, and an figuring out of it is crucial to the research of global background and tradition. furthermore, increasingly more highschool scholars and undergraduates are learning the Bible as literature. huge in scope and written particularly for prime college scholars and common readers, this encyclopedia surveys the fabric tradition, customs, and ideology of the biblical international via greater than two hundred alphabetically prepared entries at the instruments, animals, meals, behavior, legislation, professions, and peoples of the Bible. integrated are such entries as:
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The Ammonites also became involved from time to time in Israel’s affairs, battling the Hebrews, helping them, and becoming enslaved to them. Nahash assisted David, perhaps out of hatred for Saul. But his son infuriated David by mistreating his ambassadors, provoking David to attack their capital on its strong acropolis, Rabbath-Ammon (modern-day Ammon, Jordan) and to enslave the “cities of the children of Ammon” (2 Sam. 10:2). David used the captives in public works and enlisted a number of them in his army (2 Sam.
Jeremiah compares the people’s rebellion to a “wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure”— uncontrollable and full of lust (Jer. 2:23); he hears the threat of war in the “snorting” of the horses (Jer. 8:16); he charges that they have treated their prophets “like a destroying lion” (Jer. 2:30). He warns that these oxlike people have broken their yoke and that they will now fall prey to a “lion out of the forest . . and a wolf of the evenings . . a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces” (Jer.
In smaller gardens, the farmer might grow his herbs and spices, melons and those vegetables that demand more water. These kitchen gardens provided lentils and beans, which the poor folks used in their stews, as well as cucumbers, leeks, onions, and garlic. The land was generally not fenced or walled in, and much of the agricultural activity was a community effort. People who lived in villages went out to the fields each day to work the land, with little separation between town and country. There were few agricultural implements—the wooden plow, the wood-and-flint sickle, and the yoke.
All Things in the Bible: An Encyclopedia of the Biblical World by Nancy M. Tischler