1st Edition

Land and Economy in Ancient Palestine

By Jack Pastor Copyright 1997
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Preface, Acknowledgments, List of Abbreviations, Note on Quotations, Translations, and Transliterations, 1 INTRODUCTION, 2 THE PERSIAN PERIOD, 3 THE EARLY HELLENISTIC PERIOD, 4 THE LATE HELLENISTIC PERIOD, 5 THE HASMONEANS, 6 THE EARLY ROMAN PERIOD, 7 THE HERODIAN PERIOD, 8 JUDEA UNDER DIRECT ROMAN RULE, 9 EPILOGUE: FROM YAVNEH TO BAR KOKHBA, 10 CONCLUSIONS, Appendix: weights and measures, Notes, Bibliography, Index


    Jack Pastor

    '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