The Production and Trade of Fish as Source of Economic Growth in the First Century CE Galilee: Galilean Economy Reexamined

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Abstract

The article challenges the model of economic oppression in Galilee and argues that the development of Galilean fishing industry and trade gave an economic boost to the local economy. There has emerged a significant interest in ancient fishing technologies and fish production in recent classical scholarship. The article uses these discussions, together with recent archaeological findings in Galilee, especially in Magdala, to reconstruct a more accurate and nuanced portrait of the fishing economy in the region. It is argued that the expansion of the Galilean fishing economy opened up new economic possibilities not only for the elite but also for the members of local fishing collectives.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNovum Testamentum
Volume59
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)111-130
Number of pages20
ISSN0048-1009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology

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The Production and Trade of Fish as Source of Economic Growth in the First Century CE Galilee : Galilean Economy Reexamined. / Hakola, Raimo.

In: Novum Testamentum, Vol. 59, No. 2, 15.03.2017, p. 111-130.

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