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Jesus and the Forgotten City: New Light on Sepphoris and the Urban World of Jesus
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Did Jesus spend his youth in an isolated village? Or was he immersedin a world of commerce, provincial government, and the arts? Traditionally Jesus is pictured as "a rural son of the Galilean countryside whose only urban excursion was to Jerusalem," relates noted historian Paul L. Maier in the foreword.
"Richard A. Batey finds that portrait faulty," Maier continues. "In these intriguing pages, he overlays a fresh dimension of cosmopolitan culture onto the image of Jesus, bursting the bucolic frame that has thus far tended to delimit it. The ruins of the palace, colonnades, forum, theater, and villas at Sepphoris show that the Galilean culture affecting Jesus was far more sophisticated and urban than was previously thought possible."
Amid beautiful illustrations and photos by the staff of the National Geographic Society, Batey's images of Sepphoris reveal a city that Jesus almost certainly knew. In fact, the excavations have turned up evidence of political and social institutions which would seem to lie behind some of the terminology and illustrations Jesus uses in the Gospel narratives.
This is a beautifully and sometimes passionately written book, moving often with the flow of a novel. Based on good historical research and recent archeological investigation of Semaphores, in which the author participated, this volume offers afresh portrait of Jesus who stands before us as one who was as much at home in the urban metropolis of Sepphoris as he was in the small villages and rural countryside of Galilee. The portrait is at once exciting, informative, and challenging, coming from the heart of one who is both a scholar and a disciple of the one about whom he writes.
John McRay, author of Archaeology and the New Testament
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About the Author
Richard A. Batey served as administrative director of the University of South Florida's exceavations at Sepphoris from 1982 to 1983 and was assistant director from 1984 to 1989. He was W. J. Millard Professor of Religion at Rhodes College and author of Jesus and the Poor. His Ph.D. degree is from Vanderbilt University. Illustrator J. Robert Teringo has done extensive travel and research in Bible lands and has served as associate art director of National Geographic magazine. He is the author and ilustrator of The Land and People Jesus Knew.
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