Why Jesus Spoke Very Differently About Money Near His Hometown Than He Did Near Jerusalem

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Posted: Jul 18, 2018 9:43 AM
Why Jesus Spoke Very Differently About Money Near His Hometown Than He Did Near Jerusalem

Galilee was quite different from Judea, where Jerusalem and the Temple were found. Archeology has not found a single large estate in Galilee. It seems to have been made up of a decentralized ownership society  in which people worked the land the lived on and lived on the land they worked.  There were pretty big cities as centers of wealth, but they do not seem to have had as parasitic a relationship with the rural areas and villages as in the South.

In the South, there were many large agricultural conglomerates. Someone would take land, often by force and then over long periods of time, they would either by violence of financial manipulation displace surrounding small farmers.

In this short video, Dr. David Fiensy, author of Christian Origins and the Ancient Economy and experienced (with eight digging sites under his belt-almost all of them in Galilee) talks about the differences between the kind of society that Jesus grew up in and the kind of society which He later confronted in his trips to Jerusalem, a society with responded to his confrontation by killing Him.