A few months ago in a completely different thread, I made the claim that relatively speaking, the Galilee of Jesus' time was peaceful, and somewhat prosperous. For anyone who is interested, the current Biblical Archaeological Review has a featured article on this very topic.
it seems Herod Antipas presided over a rural Galilee that was growing, and uniquely prosperous. He also seemed to respect the religious activities of his people, and maintained a peaceful reign. I thought I would at least mention this - it does impact how we read the NT.