In the Mail: Adam's Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea July 06, 2015 in Books, Early Judaism, Archaeology, History, Food, Sociology While I was abroad I received Samuel L. Adam's Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea in order to review it for Review and Expositor. Here is the blurb: This book looks at the socioeconomic landscape of Second Temple Judea (532 BCE - 70 CE) with close attention to the daily life of ordinary people. Adams uses the Hebrew Bible and other historical resources to examine work and economic exchange, marriage and the complexities of family life—including the roles of women and children—and the burdensome taxation policies under imperial Rome. He culminates with a rich analysis of the ethics of wealth and poverty found in various texts, including the Hebrew Bible, pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Q, and the New Testament. This study of socioeconomic and theological issues provides students with a helpful context for understanding religious beliefs and practices in the time of early Judaism and emerging Christianity. Once the review has been made available I'll announce it here.