The Galilean Economy in the Time of Jesus by David A. Fiensy, Ralph K. Hawkins

By David A. Fiensy, Ralph K. Hawkins

So that it will offer an up to date file and research of the industrial stipulations of first-century C.E. Galilee, this assortment surveys fresh archaeological excavations (Sepphoris, Yodefat, Magdala, and Khirbet Qana) and experiences effects from older excavations (Capernaum). It additionally bargains either interpretation of the excavations for monetary questions and lays out the parameters of the present debate at the lifestyle of the traditional Galileans. The essays incorporated, through archaeologists in addition to biblical students, were drawn from the viewpoint of archaeology or the social sciences. the amount therefore represents a wide spectrum of perspectives in this well timed and sometimes hotly debated factor. The members are Mordechai Aviam, David A. Fiensy, Ralph okay. Hawkins, Sharon Lea Mattila, Tom McCollough, and Douglas Oakman.

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On the one hand, from Josephus’s narrative of Galilean society, we know of a few political/ social parties such as the zealots, the group who followed John of Gischala, the party of the sailors and the poor, a group that followed Justus of Tiberias, the people who followed Flavius himself, and, probably, people who did not favor any political party. A crucial point is to determine who the majority were and who established the tone in Galilee. Of the nineteen settlements in Galilee and Golan which are mentioned by Josephus as being fortified on his orders, both Sepphoris and Gischala (Gush Halav) conducted the work by themselves.

High officials, tax collectors, and oligarchic families are the most likely candidates for having built and lived in such houses in villages, towns and cities. Were Galileans more rebellious, zealous, and radical than Jews in other parts of ancient Israel? If they were, they represented only a few individuals. Can one establish such a conclusion based on archaeological evidence? Drawing on the archaeological evidence for Josephus’s fortified towns and cities, I sought to show that such a large-scale operation cannot take place without the wide support of the inhabitants.

In 2008 Adan-Bayewitz and others published a large, detailed, and learned article in which they chemically checked knife-pared oil lamps from Jewish and non-Jewish sites, especially in the north, and proved, from another point of view and another field of science, that the majority of the knife-pared oil lamps in the northern Jewish towns and cities 45. Renate Rosenthal-Heginbottom, “Imported Hellenistic and Roman Pottery,” in Excavations at Dor, Final Report IB (Qedem Reports 2) (ed. Ephraim Stern; Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1995), 183–250, esp.

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