Jesus and Geography in Ancient Israel
SESSION 1: The Lay of the Land
When we look at the US map today, we can chart regional differences. Stereotypes abound regarding Northerners and Southerners, the East and West Coasts. And don’t get me started about the way midwesterners are thought about and portrayed. Believe it or not, such variations played out even within the narrow borders of the Land of Israel in the time of Jesus. What does the geography of the Land of Israel have to do with Jesus, and how did Jews (and Romans) exploit geography for purposes of division and solidarity?
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