What Was It Like in the Time of Jesus?
Because the people of the Bible existed long ago in a far away land, we sometimes misunderstand how ancient people lived. Their expressions, habits, ceremonies, and clothing were very different than what we see today. They wore sandals instead of sneakers, rode donkeys instead of bikes, and spoke Hebrew or Greek instead of English.
Jesus and His disciples walked everywhere in sandals, and often their feet would get dirty. Fortunately, they had a method of cleaning their feet before walking into a house. Immediately after they entered someone’s home, a servant would wash their feet from a water bowl.
Education was highly valued in ancient Israel. The Bible also informs us that both mothers and fathers took an active role in the education of their children. Many times, the son would grow up learning the occupation of his father.
Although there were some similarities, many things in the time of Jesus were different than today.