Peasants, Widows, Bandits and Beggars: The Everyday World in Which Jesus Lived
Run time: 6 hours, 54 minutes
Richard L. Rohrbaugh, Lewis & Clark College
We often forget how much life has changed since the industrial revolution. In our world, 98% are literate. In Jesus’ world, 98% were not. It was a world inhabited by peasant farmers, city artisans, rich patrons, desperate widows, social bandits, absentee landowners and corrupt judges. In these lectures we will look at the concepts of honor and shame, peasant economics, kinship and family patterns, social banditry and life in the cities and villages of the Mediterranean world. The lectures thus will offer an introduction to the new field of Social-Scientific Criticism.
- A Dysfunctional Family and Its Neighbors: Luke 15:11-32
- Who Did Jesus Think He Was?
- Purity and Pollution in Ancient Israel
- Anti-Language in the Book of John
- Birth Narrative
- Getting the Bible into English
- Honor and Shame: Core Values of the Mediterranean World
- The Evil Eye: Core Belief in the Biblical World
- Jesus: Village Artisan
- Was Jesus Really a Capitalist?