Being Jewish in Galilee, 100–200 CE: An Archaeological Study

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The period of 100–200 CE was a lively one in the history of Galilee, northern Israel—one leaving a considerable mark upon Jewish history in general. The destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 CE, as well as the failures of the two revolts, lead to Galilee becoming the heartland of Jewish settlement in Palestine. Our reconstruction of Galilee’s Jewish society during this period has been primarily informed, however, by a single retrospective voice—the later rabbinic writings. This obviously brings with it certain limitations, not least of which is its reliability. A new source from which to understand the period in question is therefore desirable.

Being Jewish in Galilee, 100–200 CE provides an in-depth archaeological study of Galilee’s Jewish society in the period concerned. It explores evidence of infrastructure, art and architecture, as well as ritual practices from this period in Galilee by drawing comparisons with the period before and by contextualizing this material within the broader cultural environment of the Roman East. Set within debates of cultural interaction in the Roman East in general, the book offers an archaeological understanding of what “being Jewish” meant to the Jewish communities in Galilee during this period; and in what way these communities differed from their neighbors.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTurnhout
Number of pages373
ISBN (Print)978-2-503-55532-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeC1 Scientific book

Publication series

NameStudies in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology

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