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Where Yeshua Walked and Taught

Yeshua lived with his parents in Nazareth, a Galilean village which was ruled by Antipas, one of Herod’s heirs. Samaria and Judaea were ruled by Archelaus, another Herod’s heir. Antipas was the ruler of Galilee for all of Yeshua’s life, except for the earliest period of his life when Herod ruled.

It is a strong possibility that virtually all of Yeshua’s activities related to his movement was carried out in Galilee, which would indicate that Antipas was probably aware of his activities. Yeshua was from the country and stayed away from the larger cities, which also had larger Gentile populations. The cities of Galilee – Sepphoris, Tiberias, and Scythopolis (Beth Shean) – do not figure into his activities. There is no doubt that he knew Sepphoris, which was only a few miles from Nazareth.

Yeshua apparently regarded his mission as being directed to the Jews in the villages and small towns of Galilee. Rural images are fairly frequent in his teachings.

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PRIMARY SOURCE: The Historical Figure of Jesus by E. P. Sanders © 1993; Allen Lane the Penguin Press, New York, NY; p. 12.


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