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Religion, Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Galilee: A Region in Transition
Zangenberg, Jürgen, Harold W. Attridge and Dale B. Martin, editors

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007 pp. xv + 509. €124.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 210


Description: What is a Galilean? What were the criteria of defining a person as a Galilean - archaeologically or with respect to literary sources such as Josephus or the rabbis? What role did religion play in the process of identity formation? Twenty-two articles based on papers read at conferences at Cambridge, Wuppertal and Yale by experts from 7 countries shed light on a complex region, the pivotal geographic and cultural context of both earliest Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. In these papers, ancient Galilee emerges as a dynamic region of continuous change, in which religion, 'ethnicity', and 'identity' were not static monoliths but had to be negotiated in the context of a multiform environment subject to different influences.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Archaeology, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Christoph Stenschke
Published 11/8/2008
Citation: Christoph Stenschke, review of Jürgen Zangenberg, Harold W. Attridge, and Dale B. Martin, eds., Religion, Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Galilee: A Region in Transition, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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