Scott Korb

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Life in Year One

What was it like to live in the time of Jesus?

What did people eat? Whom did they marry? How did they keep themselves clean? What did their cities and towns look like? What did they believe?

The answers, it turns out, are surprising. This simple question is not so simple after all. With a historian's insight and a reporter's curiosity, Scott Korb gives us a backstage pass to the unexpected and sometimes down-and-dirty truth about what everyday life was like in first-century Palestine, that tumultuous era when the Roman Empire was at its zenith and a new religion-Christianity-was born.

Praise for Life in Year One

  • A society both familiar and strange emerges from this absorbing historical study. ... Korb's vivid, breezy prose makes accessible a mountain of scholarship that illuminates the past.

    Publishers Weekly

  • Food, homes, politics, medicine, crime, punishment, customs, and staying clean: it's all here in this account of the biblical world from the coauthor of The Faith Between Us. Scholarly research but nonscholarly tone; many readers will like.

    Library Journal

  • Expertly researched, beautifully distilled, and filled with wit, Life in Year One is an animated reminder that sometimes the things we think we know best -- our myths, our faiths, our ancestors, even ourselves -- contain the most remarkable surprises.

    Jeff Sharlet, New York Times bestselling author of The Family and Sweet Heaven When I Die

  • Life in Year One entertains as it educates, pulling back the veil on a world all the more alluring because it is impossible to know completely. ... Scott Korb reminds us that a history of there and then is always also a story about here and now.

    Peter Manseau, author of Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter