Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Bauckham (ed.), Magdala of Galilee

Magdala of Galilee
A Jewish City in the Hellenistic and Roman Period

by Richard Bauckham [ed.]

[Baylor University Press]
460 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

ISBN: 9781481302937

Magdala of Galilee for the first time unifies the results of various excavations of the Galilean city. Here, archaeologists and historians of the Second Temple Period work together to understand the site and its significance to profile Galilee and the region around the lake in the Early Roman period.

After a comprehensive overview of the history and character of the city, the volume details the harbor, the domestic and mercantile sectors, the Jewish ritual baths, and the synagogue, with its unique and remarkable engraved stone. There is also a full study of Magdala’s fishing industry, which dominated fishing on the lake, and the production of salted fish. The rabbinic traditions about Magdala are fully investigated for the first time, and a study of Josephus’ account of the city’s role in the Jewish revolt is also included. The in-depth archaeological, historical, and literary analyses are enriched by a wealth of on-site photographs, regional maps, and excavation plans.

Edited by Richard Bauckham, this cutting-edge synthesis of international field work and scholarly study brings the City of Fish and its place in Jewish history and culture into sharp relief, providing both specialists and general readers with a richer understanding of the background of early Judaism and Christianity.
A copy kindly sent to me by the editor. I mentioned the book as forthcoming last year.

For many past PaleoJudaica posts on the site of Magdala, especially the famous Magdala Stone, start here and here and follow the links.

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