- Matthew 4 - How Should Galilee of the Nations be Interpreted?
- Was Nazareth a joke town?
1. Question, Historical Context:
What were the religious / cultural demographics of "The Galilee" in the Temple Periods? Was there a "Gentile-ish Jewish Sect" in Galilee?
What Galilean religious sect, or other factor, could have accounted for Jesus' theologies and training? (If asked from a Non-Christian point-of-view, as an alternative to "Divine Revelation".)
NASB, John 7:15 - And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”
Was there a specific religious sect that was present in Galilee during this period? (Beit Shammai, Beit Hillel, the Samaritans, Herodians, etc.)
2. Current Research :
NASB, Matthew 4:15 - “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, (from Isaiah 9:1) ...
What Sect could the Mishnah have been referring to - in the Galilee?
MISHNA Pesahim IV - And the Sages say, "In Yehuda, they would do work on the eve of Pesach until noon; and in the Galilee they did not work at all [on that day]." And [with respect to] the evening [of the fourteenth of Nissan in places like the Galilee], Beit Shammai forbids [work], but Beit Hillel permits [it] until the sunrise.
NASB, Luke 23:6-7 - 6 When Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time.