Re: Rich RE: [Synoptic-L] Widows in the gospels
Bruce J. Malina and Richard L. Rohrbaugh are the scholars who've worked hardest at informing biblical interpretation with the cultural and economic realities of the first century. Their first book was *A Social Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels*. Its introductory section surveys the broad body of work I mentioned. (They've since published commentaries on John, Acts and Revelation.)
The 85/15 split in the ownership of wealth existed for millennia. Called the agrarian economy, it began when the invention of the iron plow made it possible for one worker's agricultural labor to produce significantly more grain than was needed to feed the family. During the agrarian age, the ownership of land was the key to wealth. The system overlapped the industrial economy in large parts of the world until the 1917 Russian revolution.
I'm glad you mentioned slaves. Counter-intuively, slaves were not a social class, but rather existed as a vertical band, if you will, up and down the entire economic and social class structure.
Rev. Chuck Jones
From: E Bruce Brooks <brooks@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 1:27 PM
Subject: RE: Rich RE: [Synoptic-L] Widows in the gospels
[On the 15%/85% split and other matters recently discussed):
Chuck: The information is well-known and widely studied among historians and
Bruce: Fine. What's the actual source?
E Bruce Brooks
Warring States Project
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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