For over 100 years, Freeman's Manners and Customs of the Bible has been the serious Bible student's choice.
Short of enrolling in a course in ancient Hebrew civilization, The New Manners & Customs of the Bible is the quickest, easiest, and most enjoyable way to understand the people and culture of the Bible. It is an invaluable key to unlocking a complete and accurate understanding of Scripture that is often hidden in ancient Hebrew culture.
“Anointing was an ancient custom practiced by the Egyptians and afterward by the Greeks and Romans and other nations. Olive oil was used, either pure or mixed with fragrant and costly spices, often brought from a long distance. (See note at Matthew 26:7 Alabaster—Tables) Anointing was done not only as a part of the ceremony in connection with the coronation of kings (see 2 Kings 11:12 Coronation Ceremonies) and at the installation of the High Priest (Psalm 133:2), but also as an act of courtesy and hospitality toward a guest. Thus Jesus accuses Simon of lacking hospitality in neglecting to anoint His head when Simon invited Him to eat with him (Luke 7:46).” (Page 313)
“The precise form of the fishing nets used by the Hebrews is not known; nor do we know the exact difference between the meanings attached to the several words that are translated ‘net.’” (Page 439)
“Espousals were often made very early in life, though marriage did not take place until the bride reached twelve years of age or had experienced her first menstrual cycle.” (Page 397)
“The philosophy advanced by Epicurus considered happiness, or the avoidance of pain and emotional disturbance, to be the highest good.” (Page 529)