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Herod Antipas in Galilee: The Literary and Archaeological Sources on the Reign of Herod Antipas and Its Socio-economic Impact on Galilee
Jensen, Morten HÝrning

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006 pp. xvi + 316. Ä59.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2.215

Description: The quest for the secrets of first-century Galilee has become an issue of intense interest in recent research, fuelling not least the occasionally heated debate about the cultural and socio-economic setting of the Historical Jesus. In particular, a growing interest can be traced in Herod Antipas' impact on the region's socio-economic stability. Was he good or bad news for the ordinary rural peasant population, and did his urbanization programme have a crucial impact on the Historical Jesus? No consensus has been reached, and Antipas is presently being used as a cornerstone in conflicting pictures of Galilee as being in either good and stable conditions or under heavy economic pressure leading to increasing indebtedness and tenancy. Surprisingly, the reign of Antipas has only been treated in a cursory manner during the last three decades, a period in which intense archaeological activity has accumulated new insights on Roman Galilee. Morten HÝrning Jensen therefore seeks to survey the literary and archaeological sources on the reign of Antipas with a view to determining its socio-economic impact on the region. He argues that Antipas impact on early first-century Galilee was probably more moderate than Historical Jesus scholars have generally assumed until now.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period

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Review by Mark A. Chancey
Published 4/14/2007
Citation: Mark A. Chancey, review of Morten HÝrning Jensen, Herod Antipas in Galilee: The Literary and Archaeological Sources on the Reign of Herod Antipas and Its Socio-economic Impact on Galilee, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2007).

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