The Economy Of Galilee During Jesus’ Day: A Case Study In Historiography

Edge Induced Cohesion

Earlier today I read an article on the economy of Galilee during Jesus’ time, and I thought the article was particularly thoughtful in examining the question of how we view historical places and times and place Jesus Christ (and other historical figures) in a given context.  What I found most striking was the way that the article pointed out that while textual research and material culture showed that Galilee was an area of ordinary wealth in terms of the Eastern Mediterranean world, that many recent “Bible scholars” sought to promote Galilee as a particularly poor and downcast region in order to promote an idea of Jesus as a social revolutionary in some sort of massively poor area.  It should be noted that the Bible itself does point out that Galilee held a great deal of poor people, but it also demonstrates evidence of trade routes and communication and a…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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