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Galilaean

Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament

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GALILaeAN (Γαλιλαῖος).—Twice Jesus is mentioned as a Galilaean: once by a maid-servant (Matthew 26:69); once when Pilate was anxious to transfer the trial of Jesus from his own to Herod’s court (Luke 23:6). It was during the trial of Jesus also that Peter was recognized as a Galilaean by the bystanders (Matthew 26:73, Mark 14:70, Luke 22:59; see Galilee, § 7). In John 4:45 we read that Galilaeans, who had been at Jerusalem and had seen the works of Jesus there, received Him on that account in their own land. In Luke 13:1 we are told of Pilate’s (evidently recent) punishment of some Galilaeans, whom he had slain even while they were sacrificing. This event cannot be identified with any revolt mentioned in history. Some suppose Barabbas to have been arrested in connexion therewith; some would associate it with the revolt of Judas of Galilee (Josephus BJ ii. viii. 1), but this took place, according to Acts 5:37, more than twenty years before. Probably it refers to some small outbreak, severely punished by Pilate as usual (cf. Philo, Leg. ad Gaium, 37).

For characteristics of Galilaeans see Galilee, § 7, ‘People.’

G. W. Thatcher.

Bibliography Information
Hastings, James. Entry for 'Galilaean'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​hdn/​g/galilaean.html. 1906-1918.
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