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Galileans
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A people group that inhabited the northernmost portion of Palestine—stretching north to south from Syria to Samaria, and west to east from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee—at the time of the Roman Empire (Strange, “Galilee,” 391). The region as it stood in the Roman era may be divided into three sections:1. Upper Galilee;2. the middle Beth Netofah Valley;3. Lower Galilee.The name “Galilee” comes from the Hebrew word for “territory” or “circuit” (גָּלִיל‎, galil).The diverse and active political history of Galilee complicates attempts to trace its inhabitants’ line of descent. Even biblical traditions differ, at times calling the inhabitants Gentiles (Isa 9:1), other times simultaneously dubbing them both foreigners and Israelites (Ezek 47:21–23; 1 Maccabees 5:1–15). They may have descended from northern Israelites, Assyrian colonists, peasants from other countries who were relocated by Assyria, Judaeans from the south, or some combination of these groups (Strange, “Galilee,” 392).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Galileans
Galileans A people group that inhabited the northernmost portion of Palestine—stretching north to south from Syria to Samaria, and west to east from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee—at the time of the Roman Empire (Strange, “Galilee,” 391). The region as it stood in the Roman era may be divided
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Galileans
GALILEANS. Discussion of the ethnic strands among the inhabitants of Galilee in Hellenistic-Roman times has often centered on an understanding of Isa 8:23. In that oracle of salvation the three newly established provinces of the Assyrians in the north—the Way of the Sea, the Land of Zebulun and Naphtali,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Galilee, Galileans
Galilee, Galileans. Area in northern Palestine which, in Israel’s earlier history, had boundaries which were not clearly defined but which became more precisely defined in the period of Roman rule. The English name “Galilee” comes from two Hebrew words meaning “circuit” or “district.”The Horns of
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Galilean
Galilean (gal´uh-lee´uhn), inhabitant of Galilee (Matt. 26:69; Acts 1:11; 2:7; Mark 14:70; Luke 13:1, 22:59; 23:6; John 4:45; 7:52). The term appears as an epithet for the insurrectionist Judas (Acts 5:37). The regional accent of Galilean speech apparently enabled others to identify origin by it (Matt.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Galilean
GALILEAN. Either a native or inhabitant of Galilee (Mt 26:69; Mk 14:70; Lk 13:1; Acts 1:11). Jesus (Mt 26:69) and Peter (Mk 14:70) were called Galileans, and the 12 apostles were Galileans except Judas Iscariot.Galileans were rather common people who were generous, impulsive, pious, nationalistic, and
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Galilee
Galilee (Heb. הַגָּלִיל‎). (1) Originally the term was applied only to part of the tribe of Naphtali, but in NT times it was given to all the district in N. Palestine extending from the Mediterranean to the *Jordan, and the word is now generally used in this sense. It constituted one of the four Roman
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Galileans
Galile´ans, the inhabitants of Galilee, the northern province of Palestine. The apostles were all Galileans by either birth or residence. Acts 1:11. It appears also that the pronunciation of those Jews who resided in Galilee had become peculiar, probably from their contact with their Gentile neighbors.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Galilean
GALILE´AN (gal-i-lēʹan). A native or inhabitant of Galilee (Matt. 26:69; John 4:45). The Galileans were generous and impulsive, of simple manners, earnest piety, and intense nationalism. They were also excitable, passionate, and violent. The Talmud accuses them of being quarrelsome but admits that they
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Galilean
Galileanan inhabitant or native of Galilee. This word was used as a name of contempt as applied to our Lord’s disciples (Luke 22:59; Acts 2:7). All the apostles, with the exception of Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:11), were Galileans. Peter was detected by his Galilean accent (Matt. 26:69; Mark 14:70).This
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Galilean
GalileanGalilean (gal-uh-leeʹuhn), inhabitant of Galilee (Matt. 26:69; Acts 1:11; 2:7; Mark 14:70; Luke 13:1, 22:59; 23:6; John 4:45; 7:52). The term appears as an epithet for the insurrectionist Judas (Acts 5:37). The regional accent of Galilean speech apparently enabled others to identify their origin
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Galilean
GALILEAN [gal uh LEE un] — a native or inhabitant of Galilee (Luke 13:1–2; John 4:45). After the Captivity, Galilee was only sparsely resettled by Jews. Jesus (Luke 23:6) and 11 of His disciples were Galileans; only Judas Iscariot came from outside Galilee. Because of their distinctive accent, Galileans
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Galileans
Galileans.—1. Name which was given to the first Christians, because Christ and His parents came from Galilee. 2. Name of Jewish sectarians who, under the leadership of Judas of Galilee, arose against the Romans on account of a general census prescribed by Augustus in order to impose a tax upon all his