Galilean Spaces of Identity

Judaism and Spatiality in Hasmonean and Herodian Galilee


We understand the world around us in terms of built spaces. Such spaces are shaped by human activity, and in turn, affect how people live. Through an analysis of archaeological and textual evidence from the beginnings of Hasmonean influence in Galilee, until the outbreak of the First Jewish War against Rome, this book explores how Judaism was socially expressed: bodily, communally, and regionally. Within each expression, certain aspects of Jewish identity operate, these being purity conceptions, communal gatherings, and Galilee's relationship with the Hasmoneans, Jerusalem, and the Temple in its final days.

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Joseph Scales, PhD (2021), University of Birmingham, is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Agder. He has previously published on ancient Jewish society and culture. His current project focuses on pre-battle speeches.
René Bloch, Institut für Judaistik, Universität Bern
Karina Martin Hogan, Department of Theology, Fordham University

Associate Editors
Hindy Najman, Theology & Religion Faculty, University of Oxford
Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven
Benjamin G. Wright, III, Department of Religion Studies, Lehigh University

Advisory Board

A.M. Berlin – K. Berthelot – J.J. Collins – B. Eckhardt – Y. Furstenberg – S. Kattan Gribetz – G. Anthony Keddie – L. Lehmhaus – O. Malka – A. Manekin – S. Mason – F. Mirguet – J.H. Newman – A.K. Petersen – M. Popović – P. Pouchelle – I. Rosen-Zvi – J.T.A.G.M. van Ruiten – M. Segal – J. Sievers – L.T. Stuckenbruck – L. Teugels – J.C. de Vos – Sharon Weisser
Biblical scholars, historians and archeaologists, especially those interested in Jewish identity in the late Second Temple period, purity conceptions, synagogues, and the Hasmonean Kingdom.
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