Several world cities are held in reverence by some or all three monotheistic faiths, but no world region has allure to all three on a level matched by Galilee in northern Israel. The region where Jesus came of age, Galilee is where Christianity came into being as a communal faith; it is where Judaism reinvented itself in rabbinic, Talmudic form after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple; and it is where Islam established its place in the Holy Land, following epochal military triumphs in the region’s center or its outer rims. The History of Galilee, 47 BCE to 1260 CE: From Josephus and Jesus to the Crusades tells Galilee’s history, from Josephus and Jesus to the Crusades, in a multi-cultural format and lively narrative voice. This first-of-its-kind publication will be a rich source of information and a catalyst of inter-faith discussion among readers of varying backgrounds and interests.
M.M. Silver is professor of Jewish history and world history at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College and at the University of Haifa in Israel.
List of Figures
Chapter 1: Josephus and Galilee
Chapter 2: Jesus and Galilee
Chapter 3: Mishnaic Galilee
Chapter 4: Byzantine Galilee
Chapter 5: Early Islamic Galilee
Chapter 6: Crusader Galilee
About the Author
This lively narrative of the history of a region of considerable importance in world history deserves a wide readership. With evident affection and deep thought about the place in which he himself is at home, Matt Silver has incorporated a wide spectrum of scholarship into a carefully constructed account of the significance of Galilee in various religious and national traditions. His book will enlighten all who live in Galilee or visit the region, enabling them to gain a deeper appreciation of the significance of Galilee for traditions apart from their own.