"Nothing good can come out of Galilee"

David Bergdahl bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Thu Sep 26 19:21:20 UTC 2002


Galilee's disfavor among the Jews is explained by this selection from the
online Catholic Encyclopedia:

The deportation of Jews by Theglathphalasar (Tiglath-Pileser), 734 B. C.,
gave an overwhelming predominance to the Gentile elements noted in the
population by Isaias. Although the Jews multiplied rapidly in Galilee after
the Babylonian exile, they were oppressed by the heathen as late as the
Machabean period (I Mach., v, 45-54), and did not prevail until the first
century before Christ. As results of their long intercourse with the
conquered Canaanites, and Phoenician, Syrian, and Greek immigrants, and
their separation from their brethren in Judea by interlying Samaria, they
spoke a dialect and had peculiarities in business, family and religious
customs, that brought upon them the contempt of the inhabitants of

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