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Occupations, Trades and Professions (Palestine)

OCCUPATIONS, TRADES AND PROFESSIONS IN PALESTINE. Many Bible readers think of ancient Pal. as a backward country and in no way comparable to Greece. Actually Greece was the backward country in the early days. It was the Near E that was the center of civilization and Pal. is on the one trade road that united Africa (Egypt) and Asia (Babylonia and Assyria). The oldest city that has been excavated to date is OT Jericho which goes back to c. 7000 b.c. by Carbon 14 dating. That is over 5000 years before Abraham walked across the pages of Pal. When he did, he was a big businesman whose commercial empire extended from Haran to Egypt, i.e. from modern Turkey to Egypt. His major banking was done at Damascus. His farming and grazing interests were only a secondary factor to feed the great donkey caravans which carried his consumer and luxury goods. The Pal. of Bible days is like the USA in that both have primitive people and cultured citizens and everything in between. Both have had depressi