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The Nasty, Yucky, Funky World of the First Century

Season 2: Episode 32
The Nasty, Yucky, Funky World of the First Century
Date Aired: 09/11/2023

Face it—you wouldn’t survive two days back in the first century. If the food-borne bacteria didn’t kill you, you might keel over from the odors alone! In this episode, Helen and Dave welcome Jodi Magness, biblical archeologist extraordinaire, for a frank and sometimes graphic discussion of what daily life REALLY would have been like in first-century Judaea: just nasty! And don’t forgot to check out Jodi’s book: Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus. It’s terrific.   

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.