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By James W. Ermatinger

ISBN-10: 0313341753

ISBN-13: 9780313341755

Discover the social and fabric tradition of old Palestine through the period of the biblical New testomony. Who used to be the messiah prophesied by means of the Jews? What have been the rites of passage in pre-messianic Judiasm? How did the rituals, parables, vacation trips, and exertions practices pointed out within the New testomony relate to the way of life of the typical citizen of the day? This energetic quantity explores the social background of old Palestine on the crossroads of the japanese Mediterranean global, and the emergence of significant monotheistic faiths throughout the time of Christ and the early centuries of the typical era.Narrative bankruptcy issues contain pre-Messianic Judaism; political and non secular teams ; peasant lifestyles and agriculture; Roman profession; paintings and exertions; and Greek, Latin, and Persian impacts.

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The situation changed when the new power Persia under Cyrus allowed the Jews in Babylon to return to Judea. The Samaritans probably feared the revival of Daily Life of Geographical Groups in Palestine 23 the Jewish state in the south and made overtures to Jerusalem to prevent the Jerusalem wall from being rebuilt. The Samaritans feared that a strong Judea might cause the Persians to rethink their policy and force the region to submit. After Alexander’s conquest the Samaritans renounced Jerusalem’s religious influence, declaring that they were the true descendents of Moses’s law, that their ancient holy site at Mt.

Finally, in Samaria, a would-be nationalist and messiah urged his followers to climb Mount Gerizim to find Moses’s sacred vessels, fearing a full-scale insurrection: if found they would have given Samaria claim over Judea; if not, Rome would have been blamed for destroying them. Pilate prevented the action, inflicting casualties. He then arrested and executed many of the ringleaders. It was this incident that may have prompted his removal by Tiberius. During this time Herod Agrippa I, a grandson of Herod the Great, was ascending the political front in Judea.

These include Galilee, Samaria, Judea, Peraea, and Idumaea. These are the regions in which Jesus and his contemporaries traveled or with which they were familiar. The geography of the region can be divided into a series of parallel highlands and valleys moving away from the Mediterranean. For example, the Jordan River begins in Galilee at Lake Huleh, which is seven feet above sea level. It travels 10 miles to the Sea (actually a lake) of Galilee, which is 685 feet below sea level. The river then moves 65 miles more to the Dead Sea, which is 1,290 feet below sea level, after which the land rises to 300 feet above sea level before dropping slowly to the Gulf of Akabah and the Red Sea.

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