See 8:2-3, where Jesus and the disciples are financially supported by some women, and 23:49, 55, where the Galilean
women remain with the crucified Jesus and follow his body to the tomb.
that takes no significant account of the crucial role religion played in Galilean
life and deliberately chooses to say very little about the Jesus movement, that dwells on matters of economics, politics, and social life in general without integrating these factors with what we know of early Jewish religious life, and you will have a general picture of Horsley's book.
He addressed the sneering joke about the Galileans
being true to form after all--just drunk at the holiday.
One of those he mentioned was "Judas the Galilean
, in the days of the census" (Acts 5:37).
It should not be lost on any of us that Pilate and Galileans
are, in part, the subject of Jesus' commentary.
So far as he could tell the Christians did not appreciate his generosity: "Such is the restless rage of these Galileans
that they deplore their inability any longer to devour one another.
The great miracle of Pentecost is not only that each one hears in his or her own tongue, but that it is the new Galileans
, the very ones whose speech was difficult to understand and often ridiculed, that are now understood by all.
Jesus, referring to a massacre of innocent people, asked, "Do you think that because these Galileans
suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans
It really is the most extraordinary epiphany in literature, a lavishing of heavenly music and rapture upon a handful of unsuspecting, illiterate Galileans
Since his previous publication Horsley has become a sort of rabbinics scholar, sifting through very complicated tannaitic materials to show that the Galileans
were lax in observing certain laws and were different from their fellow Jews elsewhere in matters such as synagogue, worship, and tithing.
I say this with some jealousy as the most committed of Galileans
who, by personal limitation, can do no other.
He would have been inspired and challenged by the stories of Israel's life in the north, been keenly aware of the ways his fellow Galileans
in the past had responded to threats from within and without to their identity, and been acutely conscious of the dangers confronting him and his community in the immediate present.
At this he said to them 'Do you suppose that these Galileans
were worse sinners than any others, that this should have happened to them?
If it is the title of the entire work, is this the first time that the word gospel is used to describe a literary genre, or is the word used in the same sense that Jesus intends--when verse 14 has him demanding that the Galileans
"repent and believe in the gospel"?
The image of the Galileans
to the Jerusalem Jews is comparable to the image of the Mexican-Americans to the Mexicans of Mexico.