Photo by Gabi Laron/Hebrew University Excavation at Beth Shean.

ON THE COVER: Pan, the god of the forests, looks out from a first-century C.E. altar from Beth Shean, just south of Galilee. In “How Jewish Was Jesus’ Galilee?”, author Mark A. Chancey argues that although the population surrounding Galilee was obviously pagan, inside the region people were mostly Jewish.