Research on Galilee in the Roman Period

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Herod Antipas in Galilee

Welcome to HerodAntipas.com - by Morten Hørning Jensen, PhD


This site serves to accompany my book, Herod Antipas in Galilee (published by Mohr Siebeck 2006/2010), as well as to present my succeding research into the secrets of Roman Galilee.




Articles on the socio-economic living conditions in Roman Galilee published (or accepted for publication) after Herod Antipas in Galilee:

  • 2018. ”Herod Antipas”, Society of Biblical Literature, BibleOdyssey.
  • 2018. “Herod the Great”, Society of Biblical Literature, BibleOdyssey.
  • 2018. ”Josephus and Mark 6:6b-29: Herod Antipas”. In Reading Mark in Context: Mark and Second Temple Judaism. Edidted by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston. Zondervan.

  • 2018. "Taricheae/Magdala during the Great Jewish Revolt". In Magdala, Jewish City of Fish. Eds. Richard Bauckham, Mordecai Aviam, Stefano De Luca. Baylor University Press.
  • 2015. "Herod Antipas". In Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions.
  • 2015. “Herod Antipas, The New Testament”. The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, DeGruyter. Online: http://www.degruyter.com/view/db/ebr
  • 2014. "The Political Situation in Galilee 1st Century BCE to 2nd Century CE". In Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods. Vol. 1: Life, Culture, and Society. Eds. David A. Fiensy and James R. Strange. Fortress Presss.
  • 2013. “Purity and Politics in Herod Antipas' Galilee: The Case for Religious Motivation." In Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 11:3-34.
  • 2012. "Climate, Droughts, Wars and Famines in Galilee as a Background for Understanding the Historical Jesus." Journal for Biblical Literature.
  • 2012. "Rural Galilee and Rapid Change: An Investigation of the Socio-Economic Dynamics and Developments in Roman Galilee." Biblica 93:43-67. Online here.
  • 2012. ”Herod Antipas – A Shadow of Death on Jesus?”. Biblical Archaeology Review, 38:5 pp.42-46. Partly online here.
  • 2012. “The Galilean Cradle of Jesus and his Followers”, i Chosen to Follow: Jewish Believers Through History and Today, red. Jakob Wilms Nielsen and Knut Helge Høyland, Caspari Center, pp1-22.
  • 2012. ”Gudsriget og korset – historien om, hvordan to modsætninger blev evangelium”. In DTTK 2002-2:19-35.
  • 2011. "Conflicting Calls? Family and Discipleship in Mark and Matthew in the Light of First-Century Galilean Village life." In Mark and Matthew, Texts and Contexts I: Understanding the First Gospels in their First Century Settings. Edited by Eve-Marie Becker and Anders Runesson. Mohr Siebeck.
  • 2010. "Jesus + loven = MMMC." Article in Dansk tidsskrift for teologi og kirke. 2010-1. Online here.
  • 2008. "Herodes Antipas in Galiläa – Freund oder Feind des historischen Jesus?" Jesus und die Archäologie Galiläas, red. Jörg Frey og Carsten Claussen. Neukirchener: Neukirchen-Vluyn, 39-73. 34 s.
  • 2008. "Galilæa, jord og den historiske Jesus." Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift, 71:3, 149-170.
  • 2008. "Landliv og livsvilkår: Galilæas socio-økonomiske situation i det første århundrede." Collegium Biblicums Årsskrift, 2008:45-64.
  • 2007. "Message and Minting: The Coins of Herod Antipas in Their Second Temple Context As a Source for Understanding the Religio−Political and Socio−Economic Dynamics of Early First Century Galilee." In Religion, Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Galilee. Red. Jürgen Zangenberg, Harold Attridge, and Dale B. Martin. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 277-314.
  • 2007. "Herod Antipas in Galilee: Friend or Foe of the Historical Jesus, i tidsskriftet." Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, no. 1:7-32. Online here.
  • 2006. "Josephus and Antipas: A Case Study of Josephus’ Narratives on Herod Antipas." In Making History: Josephus and Historical Method. Red. Zuleika Rodgers. Leiden: Brill.

Only scholarly/peer reviewed articles is listed here. For a full list of my publications, see here.

Most articles are available from my Academia-page: https://teologi.academia.edu/MortenHørningJensen.

Herod Antipas in Galilee - the book:

Herod Antipas in Galilee was originally published in 2006 and a second edition was released in 2010. It can be purchased here:

  • Mohr Siebeck: link.
  • Amazon.com: link.
    Via google-books it is partly available online.
    Or it can be bought as eBook here.


  • 2006: Awarded the University of Aarhus’ ’prize for the best PhD-dissertation (theology)’, cf. link.
  • 2007: ’Book of the Month’ in Expository Times, vol. 118, no. 11, pp. 542-43, cf. link.

From the reviews:

  • “There is much to recommend in Jensen’s study… This book should be read by all serious scholars of the history, politics and social-context of first-century Galilee. This study is a superb piece of scholarship and forms the new benchmark in shaping understandings of Herod Antipas." Paul Foster in
    The Expository Times (2007), 11:542-543.
  • “This is an important study, one that no scholar writing on the cultural climate of first-century Galilee or the historical Jesus can afford to ignore. It is a fine exemplar of thoroughness and nuance and will quickly become the standard reference work on Herod Antipas’s impact on the region.” Mark A. Chancey, Review of Biblical Literature.
  • “This seems to be a model historical study.” L.L. Grabbe in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament – Book List 31.5 (2007), S. 48-49.

Read a summarising article:

Image Gallery:

  • The plates in the back of the book can be viewed here in full colour: choose 'Image Gallery' in the navigation panel to the left.

Content of this page:

  • Herod Antipas in Galilee: Read more about the book.
  • Reviews: List of reviews.
  • Articles and Papers: Research papers and published articles on Galilee in the Roman period.
  • Image Gallery: Plates and photos.
  • About: Presentation of Morten Hørning Jensen.