Settlement and History in Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Galilee: An Archaeological Survey of the Eastern Galilee

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Mohr Siebeck, 2009 - Religion - 471 pages
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Uzi Leibner aims to provide the most accurate picture possible of the nature and history of the rural settlement in the Lower Galilee during Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods when this region played an important role in the development of both Judaism and Christianity.In an attempt to draw a historical reconstruction based on systematic data, a test case area in the heart of ancient Galilee was chosen for this research. Uzi Leibner used two distinct disciplines: the study of the relevant historical sources and the advanced archaeological field survey. Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Aramaic sources concerning settlements in the region were translated and discussed. Some fifty archaeological sites from the periods under discussion were identified and surveyed. The analysis of the finds enabled the author to draw a detailed portrait of settlement - including periods of construction, abandonment, prosperity and decline in each site and in the region as a whole. This book sheds new light on major historical issues such as the origins of the Galilean Jewry in the Second Temple Period, the First Jewish Revolt and its outcomes, the Jews of Galilee under Christian regime, demography, economy, continuity and decline.
 

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Contents

Geographical Background
11
The Pottery
19
Survey Methodology
59
Definition and Location of Sites
61
Testing the Survey Methodology
63
Field Scatters
65
Size and Definition of Pottery Samples
66
Collection Method
67
H Kefar Hananya 129 33 HarNitai Caves
213
EinCamonim 135 34 Migdal
214
Kh elBellaneh 137 35 Kulat 1bn Man
237
Kulat eshShuneh 139 36 Arbel Caves West
240
Hazon 141 37 H Ammudim
242
WadiAmudSite 142 38 elMaaser
249
WadiAmud Caves 144 39 H Arbel
250
Maghar 146 40 Hittin
265

Visibility
68
Comparison of Survey and Excavated Finds
82
Evaluation of Site Size in each Period
83
Intermediate Sherds
86
Survey Sites
87
Historical Sources and their Treatment
90
Presentation of the Historical Analysis
92
The Pottery from the Survey Sites
94
Sammuiya 102 26 Kh AbuShusheh
180
HarMizpeYamim 105 27 H Sabban
191
Akbara 106 28 Ailbun
193
Parod 116 29 H Beth Netofa
195
H Kefir 121 30 Kh Esad
201
H Beer Sheva 122 31 H Mizga
203
Kh Jul 127 32 Kh Hamam
205
Kahal 150 41 Kh el Aiteh
270
Huqoq 151 42 Kh Eika
273
Sheikh Nashi 155 43 Nimrin
276
H Zalmon 158 44 H Mashkanah
280
H Ravid 164 45 felMaon
284
Kh Luziah 166 46 Nasr edDin
286
Livnim 167 47 Turan
296
Ein Najmiah 168 48 Lubiea
298
H Mimlah 169 49 elKhirbeh
300
Hararit 178 50 Oodaysa
305
Settlement History of the Eastern Galilee in Light
307
Additional Topics Concerning the History of
391
Coins Gabriela Bijovsky
421
Index of Sources
455
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About the author (2009)

Uzi Leibner, Born 1970; PhD Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel; 2006 Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship, Visiting Scholar at the Kelsey Museum of Classical Archaeology and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan; 2007-2008 Mandel Research Position, the Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; since 2008 Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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