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The Impact of Jesus in First-Century Palestine

The Impact of Jesus in First-Century Palestine
Textual and Archaeological Evidence for Long-standing Discontent

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  • Date Published: August 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108671163

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  • Although the archaeological evidence indicates a prosperous and thriving Galilee in the early first century CE, the Gospel texts suggest a society under stress, where the rich were flourishing at the expense of the poor. In this multi-disciplinary study, Rosemary Margaret Luff contributes to current debates concerning the pressures on early first-century Palestinian Jews, particularly with reference to socio-economic and religious issues. She examines Jesus within his Jewish environment in order to understand why he rose to prominence when he did, and what motivated him to persevere with his mission. Luff's study includes six carefully-constructed essays that examine Early Christian texts against the wider background of late Second Temple Judaic literature, together with the material evidence of Galilee and Judea (Jerusalem). Synthesizing a wide range of archaeological and textual data for the first time, she offers new insights into the depth of social discontent and its role in the rise of Christianity.

    • Will appeal to a wide range of specialists (covering New Testament studies, Judaism, Roman archaeology and history) but is also easily understandable to the non-specialist
    • Readers can easily follow the line of argument as each chapter answers a specific objective itemized in the introduction; these objectives are resolved in the conclusion
    • Each textual chapter is clearly linked to an archaeological chapter (using end of chapter references), thus allowing Jesus to be viewed within the context of late Second Temple Judaism
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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108671163
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 3 maps 1 table
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Memories of Jesus: The Textual Evidence:
    1. Discontent in early first-century Galilee and Judea
    2. Jesus, the Temple, and the chief priests
    3. The character and Legacy of Jesus
    Part II. Jesus in Context: The Archaeological Evidence:
    4. Jewish identities and the distribution of ethnic indicators
    5. Health hazards in first-century Palestine
    6. Status, power, and wealth
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Rosemary Margaret Luff, Clare Hall, Cambridge
    Rosemary Margaret Luff is an archaeologist and an Emeritus Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. During the 80s and early 90s, she ran a research unit in the Department of Archaeology specializing in the recovery and analysis of animal and human remains from a variety of prehistoric, Roman and medieval sites in Eastern England; the bones provided information on diet, disease, animal husbandry, socio-economics, mortality and religious practice. She later worked on excavations in Egypt, in particular those of the eighteenth Dynasty and Late Antique period, and subsequently directed a project (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) investigating the importance of aquatic versus terrestrial resources in the Pharaonic and Roman periods. While in Egypt she developed a keen interest in early monastic sites, and this resulted in her examining material in Israel, which ultimately led to the present project.

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