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Jesus, a Jewish Galilean

A New Reading of the Jesus Story

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In his latest book, Sean Freyne draws on his detailed knowledge of Galilean society in the Roman period, based on both literary and archaeological sources, to give a fresh and provocative reading of the Jesus story within its Galilean setting. Jesus, a Jewish Galilean focuses on the religious as well as the social and political environment and examines the ways in which the Jewish religious experience had expressed itself in Galilee. It considers the ways in which the Jewish tradition in both the Pentateuch and the Prophets had constructed notions of an ideal Galilee. These provided the raw material for Jesus' own response to the issues of the day, from which he fashioned his own distinctive views of Israel's restoration and his own role in that project. Although Freyne is in touch with all recent scholarship about the historical Jesus, he brings his own distinctive take on the issues both with regard to Galilean society and Jesus' grounding in his own religious tradition. His Jesus is both Jewish and yet distinctive in his concerns and the ways in which he responds to the ecological, social and religious issues of his own time and place. Freyne seeks to retrieve the theological importance of Jesus' own message, something that has been lost sight of in the trend to present him primarily as a social reformer, while acknowledging the dangers of modernizing Jesus.
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'a new and fresh approach to the much discussed question of the relationship between Jesus and Galilee....The book combines Freyne's masterful command of all relevent areas in the study of Galilee with creative and new approaches to old questions, and a vividness of style that makes it a joy to read'--Sanford Lakoff "Theology " 'Besides a wealth of detailed information on Galilee...the book contains many interesting reflections in Jesus' own use of tradition.' Helen K. Bond, Vol 28.5, 2006--Sanford Lakoff "Journal for the Study of the New Testament " 'Sean Freyne has been studying Galilee for decades. In the six chapters of this book he brings his knowledge to bear on the study of Jesus. Archaeological, political, geographical and cultural insights enable him to provide a fascinating study of the importance of Jesus' Galilean ministry...Freyne is not afraid to make a stand when evidence points away from an accepted view...This book is to be recommended.' Clive Marsh, Theological Book Review, Vol 18, No.1, 2006--Sanford Lakoff "Theological Book Review " 'Sean Freyne has written a fresh and engaging study that brings a new perspective to the quest for the historical Jesus. His criterion of "contextual probability" offers a more credible deconstruction than the disembodied Jesus of the "criterion of dissimilarity." Freyne's work is informed by a lifetime of engagement with Galilee and a remarkable, up to date grasp of Old Testament scholarship, which is all too rare in studies of the historical Jesus.' John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale University Divinity School--Sanford Lakoff 'While he inevitably uses theological terms and techniques, including a wealth of reference and footnotes, Freyne's work is more reader-friendly than most theological texts'--Sanford Lakoff "The Irish Times " "Freyne uses to the full his historic imagination and breathtaking capacity to recreate the social, economic, geographic and cultural setting of Jesus." David J. Bryan ANVIL Vol. 23 No. 4, 2006--Sanford Lakoff "Anvil " "Sean Freyne sets out to demonstrate how profoundly the identity and agenda of Jesus were moulded by the Galilean location and how necessary it is to bear this in mind in reading the gospel story. One of the acknowledged leaders in the study of the region in late antiquity, Freyne brings to this task a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the sources both literary and archaeological, together with a critical but not hypercritical reading of the gospels, dictated by what he calls a criterion of contextual plausibility. He pays close attention not only to the political and social environment, urban culture and village culture, Jewish and non-Jewish populations, all struggling to flourish or at least survive under colonial rule, but also to the different ecologies of the region and how they come to be reflected in the record of what Jesus did and said. A point of special interest is Freyne's discussion of the ways in which the Jesus of the gospels appropriated and enacted, in the Galilean environment, foundational traditions and texts among which, he argues, correctly I believe, that the book of Isaiah held a unique place. This is a learned, stimulating, and eminently readable book which no one interested in either the history of Judaism in late antiquity, or Christian beginnings, or the gospel story about Jesus, can afford to miss." Joseph Blenkinsopp, John A. O'Brien Professor Emeritus, Judaism & Christianity in Antiquity, University of Notre Dame--Sanford Lakoff "This book is a welcome contribution to historical Jesus scholarship from one of the deans of contemporary Galilee studies....the book engages other important scholarship and is valuable in identifying matters of sharp debate within the field....when he situates Jesus within the historical Galilee emerging from the intersection of

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Sean Freyne is the Director of the joint programme for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of six books and numerous articles on Ancient Galilee, the Gospels and Early Christianity.


Preface; Chapter 1: Jesus, Jews and Galilee: introducing the issues; 1) The Gospels and the Historical Jesus; a) Galilee and Jesus; b) The Contribution of Archaeology; c) Outlining the Approach; Chapter 2: Jesus and the Ecology of Galilee; 1) Ecological Factors and Human Culture; a) The Ecology of the Promised Land; b) Prophets and the Natural Environment; c) Wisdom and Creation; 2) Jesus and the Micro-ecologies of Galilee; a) From the Desert to Lower Galilee; b) From Nazareth to Caphernaum; c) The Surrounding Region of Galilee; Chapter 3: Stories of Conquest and Settlements; 1) Galilee and the Twelve-tribe League; a) The Blessings of the Tribes; b) Contrasting Images of All Israel; 2) Galilee and the Conquest Narratives; a) Failures of the Tribes; b) Canaanite Cities and the Allotted Land; 3) Jesus and Israelite Galilee; a) Jesus and the Land Remaining; b) Welcome for Canaanites?; c) On the Borders of Tyre; Chapter Four: Zion Beckons; 1) Jerusalem as Centre; 2) Isaiah and Zion; a) The Nations and the Restoration of Israel; b) Mother Zion; c) The Servant Community of Zion; 3) Jesus and Zion in Isaian Perspective; Chapter 5: Confronting the Challenges of Empire; 1) Judean Response to Greek and Roman; Imperialism; a) Opposing the Great King; b) The Wise Ones; c) Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes; 2) Jesus and Roman Imperial Values in Galilee; a) Jesus and the Kingdom of God; b) Apocalyptic Imagination and a Values Revolution; c) Confronting Roman Power; d) God or Caesar? Chapter 6: Death in Jerusalem; 1) Jesus and the Temple; a) Renewal not Reform; b) The Temple in an Eschatological Setting; 2) A Martyr's Death; a) A Prophetic Forerunner? b) Understanding Jesus' Death; Epilogue: Return to Galilee; Notes; Bibliography