Duby Tal and Moni Haramati, Albatross

ONLY FOUR MILES FROM NAZARETH lies the city of Sepphoris. This photo shows the first-century C.E. residential quarter of the thriving city, an important administrative center that may well have had an impact on the life of Jesus and his teachings. By the second century C.E., Sepphoris had many elements of a proper Roman city, including an agora (marketplace), theater, Cardo (main street), and basilica. If the same was true in the early first century C.E.—a point of dispute among current archaeologists—Jesus may well have encountered Greco-Roman culture and philosophy here and adapted them in his own teachings.