Land and Economy in Ancient Palestine
Land and Economy in Ancient Palestine is a study of the economic crises throughout the Second Temple Period. It establishes that the single factor of the economy which united all aspects of life in ancient society was land.
Through study of a wide variety of sources, including the New Testament and classical authors, Jack Pastor looks at who owned land, and how they came to possess it. He examines the various ramifications of landownership in ancient society to ascertain its effect on livelihoods, government policies and revenues. A special emphasis is placed on debt and famine as social and economic problems with ties to the landholding structure.
'Pastor has read widely and is completely at home with all the source material. He offers new interpretations of oft-debated matters in Josephus, the New Testament and Rabbinics. This is an important book for all interested in the Second Temple period.' - Journal of Jewish Studies
`Highly recommended' - Society for Old Testament Study