Biblical Bethsaida: A Study of the First Century CE in the Galilee

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Lexington Books, Feb 18, 2011 - Religion - 212 pages
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In his illuminating, well-researched book examining the site of Et-Tell, also known as Bethsaida, Carl E. Savage explores archaeological evidence to offer readers a portrait of the religious beliefs and practices of the community living near the north shore of the Sea of Galilee during the first century CE. In the study of the cultural and social matrix of the first century in the Galilee, scholars have commonly prioritized written sources over archaeological evidence because written sources seem to contribute more directly to an understanding of the religious beliefs and practices of a community. However, there exist many competing views of the landscape during that time due to the varying interpretations of the textual sources. Using archaeological data from Bethsaida itself, Savage investigates the material practices of Bethsaida's ancient inhabitants, describing these practices as significant indicators of their sense of place both ideologically and geographically. He evaluates the historical plausibility of various social reconstructions for the region, and finds that the image that emerges of first-century Bethsaida is one similar to those of other Jewish communities in the Galilee.

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Chapter 01 Introduction
Chapter 02 Bethsaida in the Galilees
Chapter 03 The States of the Land and Its Inhabitants
Chapter 04 Supporting Evidence for First Century CE Bethsaida
Chapter 05 Conclusion
The Temple of Bethsaida
Identifying EtTell with Bethsaida
The Material Culture Database
The Coin Database
The Coin Database

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Carl E. Savage is director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Drew University and serves as Assistant Director of Excavations for the Bethsaida Excavations Project.

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