The Galilee In Late Antiquity

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Galilee was the center of Jewish life in Palestine after the sedtruiction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. as well as a region of prime importance in early Christian history. Here the outstanding scholars in the fiels present the most up-to-date research: Americans, Israelis, Europeans; Jews and Christians; historians and archaeologists; students of New Testament and rabbinic literature; and those who concentrate on the sociological and cultural aspects of the Galilee.

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Overview

Galilee was the center of Jewish life in Palestine after the sedtruiction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. as well as a region of prime importance in early Christian history. Here the outstanding scholars in the fiels present the most up-to-date research: Americans, Israelis, Europeans; Jews and Christians; historians and archaeologists; students of New Testament and rabbinic literature; and those who concentrate on the sociological and cultural aspects of the Galilee.

Among the issues examined in these twenty essays: the first Christians; Jewish-Christian conflict; first-century social and economic conditions; the Roman army and rule in Galilee; the role of the rabbi in Jewish society; the sages and the synagogue; Hebrew and Aramaic language and literature; archeological evidence of ancient synagogues, Roman Sepphoris, and social aspects of burial.

Combining such a diversity of interests and expertise, The Galilee in Late Antiquity offers penetratinf new insights on the vibrant period from the first to the seventh centuries.

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Papers delivered at the First International Conference on Galilean Studies in Late Antiquity held in Israel, August 1989, offer new information on the first Christians, social and economic conditions, Roman rule and military presence, rabbis and Jewish law, the languages of Jewish Galilee, and the archaeological remains of ancient synagogues. Published by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. A Hebrew edition is planned. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674341142
  • Publisher: JTS Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Series: Jewish Theological Seminary Ser.
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction
I Early Christianity in the Galilee
Early Christianity in the Galilee: Reassessing the Evidence from the Gospels 3
The Gospel of Matthew and Jewish-Christian Conflict in the Galilee 23
Literary Evidence for Jewish Christianity in the Galilee 39
II Aspects of Galilean Society
The Socio-Economic and Cultural Ethos of the Lower Galilee in the First Century: Implications for the Nascent Jesus Movement 53
Urban-Rural Relations in First-Century Galilee: Some Suggestions from the Literary Sources 75
III Roman Rule in the Galilee
How Anti-Roman was the Galilee? 95
The Roman Army in the Galilee 103
Roman Rule and the Cities of the Galilee in Talmudic Literature 115
The Roman State and the Jewish Patriarh in the Third Century 127
IV Rabbis and Galilean Jewry in Late Antiquity
Was There a Galilean Halakha? 143
The Place of the Rabbi in Jewish Society of the Second Century 157
R. Hanina bar Hama at Sepphoris 175
The Sages and the Synagogue in Late Antiquity: The Evidence of the Galilee 201
V Language and Literature in the Galilee
The Galilean Background of Mishnaic Hebrew 225
The Aramaic Targum as a Mirror of Galilean Jewry 241
Rabbinic Views on the Practice of Targum, and Multilingualism in the Jewish Galilee of the Third-Sixth Centuries 253
VI Archeological Evidence in the Galilee
The Ancient Synagogues of the Galilee 289
Roman Sepphoris in Light of New Archeological Evidence and Recent Research 321
Six Campaigns at Sepphoris: The University of South Florida Excavations, 1983-1989 339
Social Aspects of Burial in Beth Shearim: Archeological Finds and Talmudic Sources 357
Contributors 373
Indices 375
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