By Marian Broida

Children can try out their hand at re-creating old Israelite culture—along with the cultures in their pals, the Philistines and Phoenicians—in a manner that might supply viewpoint on present occasions. The publication covers a key interval from the Israelites’ payment in Canaan in 1200 B.C.E. to their go back from exile in Babylonia in 538 B.C.E. This a part of the center East—no higher than modern day Michigan—was the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. greater than 35 initiatives comprise stomping grapes into juice, development a version Phoenician buying and selling send, creating a Philistine headdress, and writing on a damaged clay pot. Israelites', Phoenicians', and Philistines' writing and languages, the best way they equipped their houses, the foodstuff they ate, the garments they wore, and the paintings they did, and naturally, their many fascinating tales, are all explored.

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Do you want pillars around the courtyard? Will one room hold animals? You can L E N GT H also make some of the furnishings during this time. Mark your walls on the floor with pencil. Don’t forget to mark doorways. Cut a doorway in one narrow end of the box. Make the walls to divide the rooms. Measure the length of the piece of wall you want and mark the posterboard. Then, measure the height of the box wall, double this, and add about an inch (2 or 3 cm). This is the height of the piece of posterboard you will cut.

Materials Tupperware or other plastic container full of water Lid Clothes you don’t mind getting wet Directions Stand very straight. Balance the covered container of water on your head. ) Walk a few steps. Now imagine doing this for two miles with a heavy, breakable clay jar on your head! 34 Men’s Work and Women’s Work On farms, men and women worked equally hard but probably did different things. Most plowing, planting, and mending of terrace walls were probably done by men and boys. These jobs took strength as well as skill.

Floors were usually hard-beaten earth, but some rooms were cobbled (covered with small stones). Some scholars think that these cobblestone rooms may have housed donkeys, cows, goats, or sheep. In winter, the animals’ bodies would help warm the house, while their dung (dried poop scooped up from the cobblestone floors) fueled the cooking fire. A typical house was 10 to 13 yards long (9 to 12 m) and 8 to 11 yards (7 to 10 m) wide. Many of these houses had a second story constructed of wood or mud bricks.

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