Bradley W. Root

First Century Galilee

A Fresh Examination of the Sources

[Galiläa im ersten Jahrhundert. Eine neue Untersuchung der Quellen.]

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What was life like in first century Galilee? Bradley W. Root engages in a thorough reexamination of the evidence and concludes that Galilee was politically and economically stable until the Great Revolt, and that Galileans maintained strong cultural ties with Judea.
Bradley W. Root offers a thorough re-examination of the relevant literary and archaeological evidence for first century Galilee. Root argues that previous scholarship on Galilee has generally failed to make appropriate distinctions between the different sources of information for the region's history. He therefore adopts a strict method of historical inquiry, evaluating each of the relevant literary sources and the archaeological evidence discretely before interpreting the evidence collectively. Root concludes with a historical reconstruction of first century Galilee, arguing that the region was politically stable until the Great Revolt of 66 CE. He also illustrates that Galilean culture was substantially influenced by Judean culture and that Galilee had significantly fewer socio-economic problems than Judea. He contends that the Jewish communities along the Sea of Galilee developed their own distinct regional culture.

Bradley W. Root Born 1980; 2002 BA in History; 2009 PhD in Ancient Jewish History; 2011–14 Visiting Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas); currently Assistant Professor of Ancient History at St. Mary's University.


The following reviews are known:

In: Biblische Zeitschrift — 60 (2016), S. 309–311 (Rainer Riesner)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 37.5 (2015), S. 9–10 (David Wenham)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 59 (2015), S. 397–398
In: The Polish Journal of Bibl. Research — 14 (2015), S. 209–211 (Zdzislaw J. Kapera)
In: Revue Biblique — 123 (2016), S. 306–307 (Étienne Nodet)
In: Shofar — 34.1 (2015), S. 140–143 (Mark A. Chancey)
In: Vestnik der St-Tichon-Universität — 67 (2016), S. 131–133
In: Religious Studies Review — 42 (2016), S.209 (Brian J. Wright)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 147 (2022), pp. 676–678 (Jürgen K. Zangenberg)
In: Revue Biblique — 123 (2016), pp. 306–307 (Étienne Nodet)