Podcast 5.9: Jesus in the Context of Educated Groups and Leaders

In order to provide a context for Jesus in the role of a teacher, here I discuss contemporary educated Judean groups and leaders, including Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes, and the Dead Sea sect. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast.

Podcast 5.9: Jesus in the Context of Educated Groups and Leaders (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here).

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3 thoughts on “Podcast 5.9: Jesus in the Context of Educated Groups and Leaders

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  2. Sam Pimentel

    Is it fair to keep called Jesus a peasant? He had a skilled trade (probably carpentry), was a teacher of notable renown, was able to travel, etc

  3. Phil H.

    Hello Sam,

    The term peasant is used here more in terms of a broad class issue. In other words, in Galilee at least, you were either a wealthy aristocrat in the city or a peasant. Scholars often speak of the society as a peasant society. Being trained in farming or in carpentry didn’t really make much of a class difference. Being a peasant teacher (rather than, say, a priestly teacher) may have been part of what got Jesus into trouble.

    Hope this helps to clarify.

    Phil

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