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Life in Year One

release date: Mar 18, 2010
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Life in Year One
For anyone who's ever pondered what everyday life was like during the time of Jesus comes a lively and illuminating portrait of the nearly unknown world of daily life in first-century Palestine. What was it like to live during the time of Jesus? Where did people live? Who did they marry? And what was family life like? How did people survive? These are just some of the questions that Scott Korb answers in this engaging new book, which explores what everyday life entailed two thousand years ago in first-century Palestine, that tumultuous era when the Roman Empire was at its zenith and a new religion-Christianity-was born. Culling information from primary sources, scholarly research, and his own travels and observations, Korb explores the nitty-gritty of real life back then-from how people fed, housed, and groomed themselves to how they kept themselves healthy. He guides the contemporary reader through the maze of customs and traditions that dictated life under the numerous groups, tribes, and peoples in the eastern Mediterranean that Rome governed two thousand years ago, and he illuminates the intriguing details of marriage, family life, health, and a host of other aspects of first-century life. The result is a book for everyone, from the armchair traveler to the amateur historian. With surprising revelations about politics and medicine, crime and personal hygiene, this book is smart and accessible popular history at its very best.

The Faith Between Us

release date: Dec 06, 2008
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The Faith Between Us
Scott Korb and Peter Bebergal, two young progressives, share a secret: They believe in God. One is a former wannabe Catholic priest, the other a failed Jewish mystic, and they formed a friendship that's shaped by their common belief. In The Faith Between Us, they engage in a dialogue that ranges widely, from the mundane to the divine. They discuss finding religious meaning in their secular worlds, the moral implications of decisions both personal and political, their different religious cultures, and how their lives have been shaped by the pursuit of an authentic, livable faith. Both a spiritual memoir and an examination of contemporary religion as it's played out in unconventional ways, The Faith Between Us offers an alternative vision of faith in America, one that is equally irreverent and devout, ironic and earnest. For everyone interested in a modern take on keeping faith-and in reclaiming religion from the fundamentalists and literalists who have co-opted it for the right and those on the left who dismiss its redemptive power-The Faith Between Us will be an engaging and thought-provoking read.

Light Without Fire

release date: Jul 14, 2015
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Light Without Fire
In this first extended glimpse into Zaytuna College, the nation's first Muslim institution of higher education, the author, following the inaugural class, introduces the school's founders and the students who signal the future of Islam in this country.

Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy

release date: Jun 19, 2014
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Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy
An accessible introduction to the many intersections between the work of David Foster Wallace and the world of philosophical inquiry.

When the Rewards Can Be So Great

release date: Jun 23, 2016
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When the Rewards Can Be So Great
A compilation of selected crafts talks by faculty at the Pacific University MFA program, this book is an exciting introduction to some of the most alert and engaged minds in literary writing in the US across many genres. The collection allows readers to see how the authors think about writing and about teaching writing.
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