[Synoptic] Economic history & 1st C attitudes to poverty
- Circa 48 CE price of bread in Jerusalem
rose to 13 times what it normally was.
(Jos. Ant.3.15 320).
[Puts mid 2008 agri-commodity price
rises in the shade!]
Citizens were helped with aid from
rulers of Adiabene who were converts
to Judaism (Jos. Ant.20.2.51
cf. Tosefta Pea 4.18)
Christians in Jerusalem were
promised aid from Greek converts by Paul
who hoped for greater approval of his
activities in return.
Think this may have something to do with
how to date some of the fiercer of the texts
sequenced by Bruce Brooks.
David Mealand, University of Edinburgh
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