Dirt, Bones, Potsherds and Stones: Archaeologists Probe the Galilee in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods
Run time: 10 hours
By James F. Strange, University of South Florida
Every occupation of land in any period leaves its human imprint. What looks at first to be a chaotic scatter of bits and pieces within archaeological trenches can resolve itself into settlement patterns, architecture, human movement, dedication of space to special uses, and even the scope and layout of a city. In these lectures we will learn how archaeologists make their inferences and examine some of them. Was there an early Christian sanctuary at Capernaum? How central to Galilean life was Sepphoris? Did Nazareth really exist in the first century? How do we recognize ancient synagogues without inscriptions or Jewish symbols on the structure?
- The “House of St. Peter” at Capernaum
- The Earliest Synagogue Buildings in Israel
- What Does This Building Invite Me to Do?
- The Case of Nazareth: A Jewish Christian Center?
- Settlement of Galilee in the Maccabean to Roman Period
- The Recovery of Judaism and the Resettlement of Galilee after 135 C.E.
- The Case of Sepphoris: A Major City in Galilee
- The Archaeology of “Jewish Christianity”
- The Tomb of Jesus in Talpiot
- Is an Archaeology of the Pharisees Possible?