Joseph of Tiberias

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Joseph of Tiberias (or St. Joseph of Tiberias, 4th century AD) was a Christian of Jewish origin.

According to Epiphanius, he was born during the reign of Emperor Constantine. He was a Rabbinical scholar and member of the Sanhedrin and a disciple of Hillel II. Following his conversion, was appointed as supervisor of the churches in Palestine and was given permission to build churches in the Galilee. One of the churches built by him was the church of loaves and fish.[1] Despite his high position, he opposed the Arian policies of Constantine's successors, and got married after his first wife died in order to evade Arian pressure to become a Bishop for that sect.

The main source about his life is Panarion ch. 30, by Epiphanius.

His saint day is 22 July.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ray Pritz, "Joseph of Tiberias — The Legend of a 4th Century Jewish Christian" Mishkan 2 (1985)


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