Herod Antipas was described by Josephus as fickle; in the crisis of 6 CE his fate was on a knife’s edge. Yet he stayed in power for 30 more years, only losing his reign and being banished to Gaul in 39 CE when, following the advice of his ambitious wife Herodias, he attempted to gain the title of king.

There is something notable about Galilee: until the end of the 2nd century BCE the province was not a Jewish region, Mark 4,15; Isa. 8,23, and was culturally connected with Syria.

In 104 BCE the Hasmonean king Aristobul I. conquered Galilee and integrated it into his Jewish realm. The Galilean aristocrats had to convert to Judaism or they were replaced by Jewish families.

The opposition between a Jewish aristocracy and pagan middle and lower classes led to a special conflict situation which remained at the time of Jesus.

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