Adams' Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea

I wrote a short review of Samuel L. Adams' Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea (Louisville: WJKP, 2014) for Review and Expositor. Presuming the editors find it useable, it should be available this year. I'm allowed to share a first draft on this blog, but I think readers of blogs are savvy enough to learn about the content of a book so that I won't need to reduplicate that part here. Instead, I'll share my first and last paragraphs:

Samuel L. Adams (Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary) has authored a tidy, concise survey of “the socioeconomic landscape of Judah/Judea in the Second Temple period, from the end of the Babylonian exile to the destruction of the temple by the Romans (532 BCE to 70 CE)” (p. 2). This book is intended for those who desire a better understanding of the milieu of formative Judaism and Christianity. In it the author investigates a wide-array of topics related to the day-to-day life of the average Judean such as marriage and divorce, raising children, work, debt, taxation, and the ethics of how one acquires and uses wealth, to name a few.

And the last one: 

This work can serve as a textbook at the college or seminary level, especially if the course intends to investigate the “big picture” of the socioeconomic world of Judah/Judea during the Second Temple era. Yet it shouldn’t be limited to students. Preachers will benefit from knowing this information as a background to the texts they proclaim. More specifically, anyone who desires more depth to his or her reading of the Bible will glean from this book. It is one of those rare works that can inform both the expert and the novice in that it is thoroughly researched and documented with straightforward argumentation, yet clear enough to understand for those who may worry that they won’t be familiar with the insider’s jargon.