chapter  3
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Jewish settlement in the southeastern Hula Valley in the first century CE

ByIdan Shaked, Dina Avshalom-Gorni

Clear delineation of the material culture of the various inhabitants of the valley provides an important means to define settlement boundaries in the first century CE. Josephus had in mind such boundaries when describing the extent of Jewish Galilee. The following analysis of the results of a recent Hula Valley archaeological survey will provide the data that shows such demarcations. Moreover, it provides important new evidence that identifies the location of ‘Thella on the Jordan’, the Jewish village which, according to Josephus, formed the northeastern limit of Jewish Galilee.