The Impact of Jesus in First-Century Palestine. Textual and Archaeological Evidence for Long-standing Discontent
Author: Rosemary-Margaret Luff (Lucy Cavendish 1972)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Although the archaeological evidence indicates a prosperous and thriving Galilee in the early first century CE, the Gospel texts suggest a society under stress, where the rich were flourishing at the expense of the poor. In this multi-disciplinary study, Rosemary Margaret Luff contributes to current debates concerning the pressures on early first-century Palestinian Jews, particularly with reference to socio-economic and religious issues. She examines Jesus within his Jewish environment in order to understand why he rose to prominence when he did, and what motivated him to persevere with his mission. Luff’s study includes six carefully-constructed essays that examine early Christian texts against the wider background of late Second Temple Judaic literature, together with the material evidence of Galilee and Judea (Jerusalem). Synthesizing a wide range of archaeological and textual data for the first time, she offers new insights into the depth of social discontent and its role in the rise of Christianity.
- Will appeal to a wide range of specialists (covering New Testament studies, Judaism, Roman archaeology and history) but is also easily understandable to the non-specialist
- Readers can easily follow the line of argument as each chapter answers a specific objective itemized in the introduction; these objectives are resolved in the conclusion
- Each textual chapter is clearly linked to an archaeological chapter (using end of chapter references), thus allowing Jesus to be viewed within the context of late Second Temple Judaism