Religion, Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Galilee: A Region in Transition

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What is a Galilean? What were the criteria of defining a person as a Galilean - archaeologically or with respect to literary sources such as Josephus or the rabbis? What role did religion play in the process of identity formation? Twenty-two articles based on papers read at conferences at Cambridge, Wuppertal and Yale by experts from 7 countries shed light on a complex region, the pivotal geographic and cultural context of both earliest Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. In these papers, ancient Galilee emerges ...

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What is a Galilean? What were the criteria of defining a person as a Galilean - archaeologically or with respect to literary sources such as Josephus or the rabbis? What role did religion play in the process of identity formation? Twenty-two articles based on papers read at conferences at Cambridge, Wuppertal and Yale by experts from 7 countries shed light on a complex region, the pivotal geographic and cultural context of both earliest Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. In these papers, ancient Galilee emerges as a dynamic region of continuous change, in which religion, 'ethnicity', and 'identity' were not static monoliths but had to be negotiated in the context of a multiform environment subject to different influences.

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Jurgen K. Zangenberg, Studium der evangelischen Theologie in Erlangen, Heidelberg und Edinburgh; Promotion zum Dr. theol. 1996 an der Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg; 2003 Habilitation an der Kirchlichen Hochschule und der Bergischen Universitat Wuppertal; seit 2006 Professor fur Neues Testament und Fruhchristliche Literatur sowie seit 2008 auch an der Fakultat fur Archaologie der Universitat Leiden/Niederlande.Harold W. Attridge, Born 1946; 1975 PhD; 1974-77 Junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows; 1977-85 taught at Perkins School of the Theology, Southern Methodist University, 1985-97 at the University of Notre Dame, since 1997 at Yale University Divinity School; since 2002 Dean.

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Content:Jurgen Zangenberg: A Region in Transition. Introducing Religion, Ethnicity, and Identity in Ancient Galilee I. The State of Affairs in Galilean Studies Sean Freyne: Galilean Studies. Old Issues and New Questions II. What is a Galilean? Modes of Defining Religion, Ethnicity and Identity in Textual and Archaeological Sources Martin Karrer: Licht uber dem Galilaa der Volker. Die Fortschreibung von Jes 9:1-2 in der LXX - Timothy Luckritz Marquis: Re-Presenting Galilean Identity. Josephus' Use of 1 Maccabees 10:25-45 and the Term Ioudaios - Silvia Cappelletti: Non-Jewish Authors on Galilee - Mark A. Chancey: The Epigraphic Habit of Hellenistic and Roman Galilee - Michael Peppard: Personal Names and Ethnic Hybridity in Late Ancient Galilee. The Data From Beth She'arim - Mordechai Aviam: Distribution Maps of Archaeological Data from the Galilee. An Attempt to Establish Zones Indicative of Ethnicity and Religious Affiliation - Milton Moreland: The Inhabitants of Galilee in the Hellenistic and Early Roman Periods. Probes into the Archaeological and Literary Evidence III. Identity at Ground Level: New Evidence from Sites and Regions of Galilee Wolfgang Zwickel: The Huleh Valley from the Iron Age to the Muslim Period. A Study in Settlement History - Carl Savage: Supporting Evidence for a First-Century Bethsaida - Yizhar Hirschfeld and Katharina Galor: New Excavations in Roman, Byzantine, and Early Islamic Tiberias - Anders Runesson: Architecture, Conflict, and Identity Formation. Jews and Christians in Capernaum From the 1st to the 6th Century - Jodi Magness: Did Galilee Decline in the Fifth Century? The Synagogue at Chorazin Reconsidered IV. A Region of Many Identities. Cultural Interaction and Social Relations in and with Ancient Galilee Morten Horning Jensen: Message and Minting. The Coins of Herod Antipas and Their Second Temple Context as a Source for Understanding the Religio-Political and Socio-Economical Dynamics of Early First Century Galilee - Marcus Sigismund: Small Change? Coins and Weights as a Mirror of Ethnic, Religious and Political Identity in 1st /2nd Century C.E. Tiberias - Monika Bernett: Roman Imperial Cult in the Galilee. Structures, Functions, and Dynamics - Douglas R. Edwards: Identity and Social Location in Roman Galilean Villages - Stuart S. Miller: Priests, Purities, and the Jews of the Galilee - Joshua Ezra Burns: The Archaeology of Rabbinic Literature and the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations in Late Antiquity. A Methodological Evaluation - Mira Waner: Music Culture in Ancient Sepphoris - Thomas M. Weber: Gadara and the Galilee

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