New Manners & Customs of Bible Times by Ralph Gower
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gower’s “Manners & Customs of Bible Times” is the sort of reference book that should sit on a nearby shelf and be consulted often. Very helpful in getting the “dust” of ancient Israel into your eyes. It reads much like an illustrated encyclopedia of sorts, with short descriptions on a range of life and culture from the whole of Israel’s history.
Wonderfully illustrated with great picture, drawings, charts, etc. Will be the sort of thing I’ll go to for reference on a fairly regular basis.
Also, plenty of worthwhile lessons to be learned from more fully understanding what cultural forces were behind many of parts of the biblical text. Also, a very easy read, and highly recommended for Bible students of all stripes.