Religion, Ethnicity & Identity
in Ancient Galilee

A Region in Transition
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen
zum Neuen Testament, No. 210

Edited by Jurgen Zangenberg, et al.
October 2007
Mohr Siebeck                                                             
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9783161490446                   
524 pages, Illustrated, 6 3/8 x 9 1/4"
$220.00 Hardcover

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.


Jürgen 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 über dem Galiläa der Völker. 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 Hørning 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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