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Jesus' Galilee

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The topic 'Jesus' Galilee" indicates an effort to describe Jesus' environment or context-what New Testament scholars often call his "background". This chapter talks about basic aspects of the context in which Jesus lived and worked, with emphasis on Galilee. It provides some examples of imaginary contexts that have been supplied even when historical knowledge is not difficult to attain, but the author's principal aim is description and clarification rather than the assessment of recent scholarship. Many scholars, including some who know better, refer to Jewish Palestine as having been "annexed" and "occupied" by Rome. The degree of autonomy implied in Josephus' account of the revolt is probably misleading with regard to the lifetime of Jesus. The building of a gymnasion in Jerusalem had been a significant factor in provoking the Hasmonean revolt, since it involved not only education in Greek, but more importantly obscuring circumcision by an operation called "epiplasm".

Keywords: Jerusalem; Jesus' Galilee; Jewish Palestine; New Testament scholars; Rome



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