A History of New Testament Times in Palestine, 175 B.C.-70 A.D

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CHAPTER XII
PALESTINE UNDER THE ROMANS AND THE TETRARCHS 1

EXCLUSIVE of the Greek cities, Palestine was broken into three separate administrative districts, the province of Judea and the tetrarchies of Herod Antipas and Philip -- a division that seems to have outlasted the Jewish nation itself.2

Political divisions of Palestine.

1. Of these three districts, the most important in all respects was the province of Judea, over which were the procurators. It was composed of three parts, each Samaria. historically distinct from each other. Samaria lay between Judea and Galilee, corresponding roughly to the ancient Northern Kingdom of Israel, except that it no longer included the plain of Esdraelon, Jenin being its northern border.3 It apparently extended from the Jordan to the maritime plain, but its northern boundary was never long fixed. Josephus gives the Acrabattene toparchy, the village Annath or Borceas,4 and Korea,5 as on the border. It was and is a fertile region,

1. Judea.

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1
General References: Schürer, The Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ, Div. I. II. 10-37, 43-104; Div. II. I. 163-195; Graetz, History of the Jews, II. 129-140; Renan, History of the People of Israel, bk. xi.
2
Palestina Prima corresponded roughly to Judea and Samaria, with a part of Perea; Palestina Secunda, to Galilee and the Decapolis.
3
War, iii. 4:1.
4
War, iii. 3:5.
5
Ant. xiv. 3:4. On the location of this town see Schürer, I. I. 320 n.; Smith, Historical Geography, 353 n. The latter seems over-cautious about identifying it with Kurawa, at the junction of Wady Farah and the Jordan valley, at the foot of Surtabeh.

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