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epic, biblical  

Martin J. Brooke

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Dec 2015
A late antique genre in which material from the Bible is versified in hexameters. Six major texts survive, the earliest being (1) the Evangeliorum libri IV of *Iuvencus. (2) The Heptateuchos of ... More

Herod (1) the Great, c. 73–4 BCE  

Tessa Rajak

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Mar 2016
Herod (1) the Great (c. 73–4 bce), son of the Idumaean *Antipater(6), was through him made governor of Galilee in 47 bce and then, with his brother, designated tetrarch (see tetrarchy) by M. ... More

The Jewish Patriarchate  

Lee I. Levine

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Oct 2018
The Jewish Patriarch (Hebr. Nasi) was the leading Jewish communal official in the late Roman and early Byzantine Empires, in both Palestine and the Diaspora. The Patriarchate, which ... More

midrash  

Martin Goodman

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Jul 2015
Midrash, a type of exegesis of scriptural texts practised by *Jews. The genre of midrash is characterized by the use of an explicit citation of, or clear allusions to, a passage in an authoritative ... More

Zealots  

Martin Goodman

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Mar 2016
Zealots, a Jewish political group in the 1st cent. ce. According to *Josephus the Zealots were one of the three factions who controlled *Jerusalem in the last years of the Jewish revolt against Rome ... More

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