REL 107

Galilee: Religion, Power, and Politics

Galilee was a region in Northern Israel through which armies marched, pilgrims tramped, and modern Judaism and Christianity was born. Jesus of Nazareth grew up and performed his ministry primarily in Galilee. The great rabbi, Judah ha-Nasi (Judah the Prince), compiled there the Mishnah, one of the centerpieces of modern Judaism. The Crusaders were defeated by the Muslim General Saladin in Galilee, effectively ending Crusader presence in the Holy Land. Drawing on literary sources and archaeology, this course examines the physical and symbolic landscape of Galilee to examine the interaction between religion, power and politics. The goal is to determine how persons used and continued to use religion and traditions to legitimate their moral, cultural, and political claims.