Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus

Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus

Paperback Society for New Testament Studies Monograph

By (author) Mark A. Chancey

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  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 26mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 4 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521091446
  • ISBN 13: 9780521091442
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 1 map
  • Sales rank: 555,882

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Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus, a book-length investigation of this topic, challenges the conventional scholarly view that first-century Galilee was thoroughly Hellenised. Examining architecture, inscriptions, coins and art from Alexander the Great's conquest until the early fourth century CE, Chancey argues that the extent of Greco-Roman culture in the time of Jesus has often been greatly exaggerated. Antipas's reign in the early first century was indeed a time of transition, but the more dramatic shifts in Galilee's cultural climate happened in the second century, after the arrival of a large Roman garrison. Much of Galilee's Hellenisation should thus be understood within the context of its Romanisation. Any attempt to understand the Galilean setting of Jesus must recognise the significance of the region's historical development as well as how Galilee fits into the larger context of the Roman East.

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Author information

Mark Chancey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He is author of The Myth of a Gentile Galilee (Cambridge, 2002).

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'One of the real strengths of Chancey's approach, much in evidence in this volume ... is his command of both the literary and the archaeological evidence.' Theology

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Galilee's early encounter with Hellenism; 2. The Roman army in Palestine; 3. The introduction of Greco-Roman architecture; 4. The transformation of the landscape in the second and third centuries CE; 5. The use of Greek in Jesus' Galilee; 6. The coinage of Galilee; 7. Greco-Roman art and the shifting limits of acceptability; Conclusion.