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FIRST CENTURY JEWISH GALILEE

An archaeological perspective
ByMordechai Aviam

Not long ago, James Strange drew on archaeological data of the first century CE, to build a virtual scene of Galilee as viewed through the eyes of a first century foreigner (Strange 1997). Like Strange, I examine both recent and long-known finds to shed light on Jewish Galilee in the first century CE. First century Jewish Galilee has attracted the attention of many historians who have only a rudimentary understanding of the archaeological data (e.g. Horsley 1996). More problematic are scholars who use incorrectly the archaeological data, leading them to create a false image of daily life in first century Galilee.1