Galilee (Gal´uh-lee; Heb. galil)

The region of northern Palestine situated between the Litani River in modern Lebanon and the Jezreel Valley in modern Israel. The designation “Galilee” first occurs as a proper name in Joshua (Josh 20:7, Josh 21:32) and in Chronicles (1Chr 6:76) in reference to the site of Qadesh of Naphtali. The expression “in the land of Galilee” occurs in (1Kgs 9:11), and in (Isa 9:1) Galilee is described as a land of foreigners. The name occurs regularly in the writings of the first-century historian Josephus, who maintains that there were 204 villages in Galilee (Life 45.235). Jewish settlement in Galilee followed the Maccabean revolt in 164 BCE. With the Roman conquest of Palestine in 63 BCE, Pompey recaptured many Galilean cities and incorporated them into a new Roman administration. Under Herod the Great (40–4 BCE), Galilee, together with Judea and Perea, formed a large portion of the Roman province of Judea. Upon Herod’s death in 4 BCE, Galilee and Perea were made part of the tetrarchy of Herod Antipas, his son. Galilee constitutes the area in which Jesus conducted the major part of his ministry. His youth and early ministry took place in Nazareth in Lower Galilee; much of his public ministry was located at the northwestern end of the Sea of Galilee, at Capernaum, which was known as Jesus’s own city (Matt 9:1). Galilee is also the area in which Judaism assumed its definitive form, ultimately producing the Mishnah and Palestinian Talmud there.

Josh 20:7

7So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill ... View more

Josh 21:32

32Out of the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the slayer, Hammoth-dor with its pasture lands, and Kartan with ... View more

1Chr 6:76

76and out of the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee with its pasture lands, Hammon with its pasture lands, and Kiriathaim with its pasture lands.

1Kgs 9:11

11King Hiram of Tyre having supplied Solomon with cedar and cypress timber and gold, as much as he desired, King Solomon gave to Hiram twenty cities in the land ... View more

Isa 9:1

The Righteous Reign of the Coming King
1 But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebul ... View more

Matt 9:1

1And after getting into a boat he crossed the sea and came to his own town.

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