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Archaeology and the Galilean Jesus : A Re-Examination of the Evidence
Jonathan L. Reed
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This book reconstructs first-century Galilee from archaeological surveys, excavations, and artifacts, and provides descriptions of the material remains relevant to historical Jesus research and New Testament studies. Drawing on his years of field experience in Galilee, Reed illustrates how the archaeological record has been misused by New Testament scholars, and how synthesis of the material culture is foundational for understanding Christian origins in Galilee and the Jewish culture out of which they arose.
Part One shows how settlement patterns and artifacts from Galilee point to close ties between Judean and Galilean Jews at the time of Jesus, and how Herod Antipas' urbanization projects at Sepphoris and Tiberias commercialized and aggravated peasant life in agrarian Galilean society. Part Two focuses on the archaeology of two Galilean sites and their import for historical Jesus research: Sepphoris, Antipas' capital and the largest city in Galilee just north of Nazareth, and Capernaum, Jesus' base of operations on the periphery of Antipas' power. Part Three concludes with studies illustrating the necessity of considering the specifically Galilean local conditions when interpreting New Testament texts.
... fascinating book... In parts it reads like a detective novel as it unfolds the evidence.
James L. Boyce, Luther Seminary, reviewing for Word and World, Spring 2001
"... fascinating... reads like a detective novel as it unfolds the evidence.
James L. Boyce, Word and World, Spring 2001
About the Author
Jonathan L. Reed is a professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of La Verne, in California. The author of Archaeology and the Galilean Jesus, he is a leading authority on first-century Palestine archaeology, has ben involved in several major digs, and is now the lead archaeologist at Sepphoris.
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