Mapping Galilee in Josephus, Luke, and John

Critical Geography and the Construction of an Ancient Space

The study of 1st century CE Galilee has become an important subfield within the broader disciplines of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity. In Mapping Galilee, John M. Vonder Bruegge examines how Galilee is portrayed, both in ancient writings and current scholarship, as a variously mapped space using insights from critical geography as an evaluative lens. Conventional approaches to Galilee treat it as a static backdrop for a deliberate and dynamic historical drama. By reasserting geography as a creative process rather than a passive description, Vonder Bruegge also reasserts ancient Galilee as an interpreted space—a series of conceptualized "maps"—laden with meaning, significance, and purpose for each individual author.

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John M. Vonder Bruegge, Ph.D. (Yale University, 2011), is Assistant Professor of Religion and Co-Director of the Honors Program at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.
Contents


1 Galilee and Critical Geography: The Lay of the Land
Introduction
Trajectory #1: Critical Geography
Trajectory #2: Galilee in History
The Point of Intersection
Galilee, by Way of Critical Geography
Mapping Galilee

2 Josephus’ Galilee
Introduction
Review of Scholarship
Josephus and Critical Geography
Josephus’ Galilee as “Firstspace”
Josephus’ Galilee as “Secondspace”
Josephus’ Galilee as “Thirdspace”
Josephus’ Galilee and Critical Geography: Implications

3 Luke’s Galilee
Introduction
Review of Scholarship
Luke and Critical Geography
Luke’s Galilee as “Imaginative Geography”
Luke’s Galilee and Critical Geography: Implications

4 John’s Galilee
Introduction
Review of Scholarship
John and Critical Geography
John’s Galilee and “Cartographic Meaning”
John’s Galilee and Critical Geography: Implications

5 Galilee and Critical Geography: A New “Spatial Turn”
Challenge #1: Utilizing Critical Geography
Challenge #2: Understanding Ancient Space
Conclusion: The Quest for the Geographical Galilee

Bibliography
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Geographical Features and Locales
Index of Subjects
Students and specialists interested in 1st century CE Galilee and the application of modern geographical theories to the interpretation of ancient texts.