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From The Talmud And Hebraica by John Lightfoot

Chapter 86 The difference of some customs of the Galileans from those of Judea.

It is not impertinently questioned, with what inhabitants Galilee and Perea were first planted after the return out of Babylon, when you scarce find any mention of them in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah, but of those only who inhabited Judea and the land of Benjamin. But whosoever they were, whether pure Israelites, or those that were more mixed, or some of the ten tribes, it is certain those that inhabited Galilee differed much from those that dwelt in Judea, in certain rites, and not a little in the dialect of their speech.

The Jewish pandect observe a various difference between them: out of which we produce these few instances instead of more: --

In the place noted in the margin, it is discoursed concerning the form and manner of writing the donation of the marriage dowry. |So and so (say they) the people of Jerusalem writ, and the Galileans writ as those of Jerusalem: but the inhabitants of Judea something varied,| &c. Where the Gemarists thus; |The Galileans' care was of reputation, not of money; the inhabitants of Judea, their care was of money, not of reputation,| &c.

|The wise men say, In Judea they did service works on the Passover-eves, until noon; in Galilee, not at all.|

|The wise men say, That the Trumah taken generally is bound in Judea, in Galilee is loosed. For the Galileans know not the Trumah of the Temple-chamber.| The sense of the tradition is this, When any one pronounced a vow in general terms, -- for example, saying thus, 'Let this be to me as the Trumah,' not naming what kind of Trumah, -- a Galilean, so speaking, was loosed from his vow, because he, by reason of the distance of the place (as the Gloss tells us), knew not the Trumah of the holy treasury: but he that inhabited Judea, and spoke thus, was bound by his vow.

And in the same text is added, |If any vows generally by curses, he is loosed in Judea; he is bound in Galilee, because the Galileans do not know the curses of the priests.| Where the Gloss is this; |There were no priests among the Galileans: therefore, when they cursed, they cursed to none but to God.| And the Gemara of Jerusalem thus; |Because they were fastened to the curse of Achan, it is said, that they are bound: but in Judea, because they are not fastened to the curse of Achan, it is said that they are loosed.|

|Rabbi Judah saith, In Judea they made inquiry concerning the bridegroom and bride three days before the wedding: but in Galilee they did not so. In Judea they allowed the bridegroom and bride private company one hour before the wedding; but they did not so in Galilee. It was a custom in Judea that the married persons should have two friends, one of the family of the bridegroom, and the other of the family of the bride: but it was not so in Galilee. In Judea those friends slept in the same place where the bridegroom and bride slept: but in Galilee it was not so,| &c.

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