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conversion, Jewish  

Matthew Thiessen

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Jul 2017
There is little evidence of conversion to Israelite religion or Judaism in Jewish scriptures. For instance, while later rabbis understood the book of Ruth to portray the conversion of Ruth ... More

Sepphoris  

Zeev Weiss

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Jun 2017
In the heart of the Lower Galilee lie the remains of Sepphoris, capital of the Galilee during long periods of antiquity. Both literary sources and archaeological finds indicate that the ... More

prayer, Jewish  

Stefan C. Reif

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Apr 2017
Although some of the inspiration for later Jewish prayers undoubtedly came from the ancient Near East and the early books of the Hebrew Bible, there was at that early period of development ... More

Madaba Map  

Richard J. A. Talbert

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Feb 2017
This damaged, but still striking, floor-mosaic map offers a unique and invaluable example of late antique cartography, as well as the earliest surviving vision of the Holy Land. The map was ... More

Jaffa  

Benjamin Isaac

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Feb 2017
The city of Joppe/Jaffa/Yafo on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean, immediately south of modern Tel Aviv, has a long history of importance as an urban centre, from the Middle Bronze ... More

Sibylline Oracles  

Erich S. Gruen

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Dec 2016
The Sibylline Oracles had a long life. The Sibyl was in origin a single Greek prophetess, renowned for the accuracy of her forecasts, divinely inspired, but portrayed as mad or raving, and ... More

Eleutheropolis  

Dov Gera

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Nov 2016
Eleutheropolis (Arabic Beit Jibrin; Hebrew Beth Govrin, Beit Guvrin) is situated in Judea’s Shephelah on the southwesterly road from Jerusalem to Ascalon. This area was known as Idumaea in the ... 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

Tosefta  

Martin Goodman

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Mar 2016
Tosefta, a collection of rabbinic legal opinions organized in much the same way, and with similar material to, the Mishnah. The relationship of the Tosefta to the Mishnah is debated: at times the ... More

Tiberias  

Arnold Hugh Martin Jones and Tessa Rajak

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Mar 2016
Tiberias, on the west side of Lake Galilee, was founded by *Herod (2) Antipas. Despite its Greek constitution, it was a primarily Jewish city. It was generally treated as capital of *Galilee until ... More

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