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Jesus the Galilean

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After almost twenty centuries of worship, historical study and admiration of Jesus of Nazareth, Christian believers and New Testament scholars alike still grapple with the question: Who was Jesus? This chapter addresses this issue. It distinguishes between 'who Jesus was', and 'what his significance was/is' for the simple reason that who a person is, and what people say or think that person is, are often two totally different things. The chapter firstly concerns the question of why there seemingly is confusion, if not total chaos, in the answers given to the question of who Jesus was. It then gives attention to the phrase Jesus the Galilean by attempting to situate him in a first-century Galilean historical context. This illustrates the importance of understanding Jesus of Nazareth within the geographical area in which he mostly operated and the historical circumstances under which he lived.

Keywords: Christian believers; Galilean historical context; Jesus; New Testament



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