Palestine in Late Antiquity

Hardcover | March 1, 2008

byHagith Sivan

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Hagith Sivan offers an unconventional study of one corner of the Roman Empire in late antiquity, weaving around the theme of conflict strands of distinct histories, and of peoples and places, highlighting Palestine's polyethnicity, and cultural, topographical, architectural, and religiousdiversity. During the period 300-650 CE the fortunes of the 'east' and the 'west' were intimately linked. Thousands of westerners in the guise of pilgrims, pious monks, soldiers, and civilians flocked to what became a Christian holy land. This is the era that witnessed the transformation ofJerusalem from a sleepy Roman town built on the ruins of spectacular Herodian Jerusalem into an international centre of Christianity and ultimately into a centre of Islamic worship. It was also a period of unparalleled prosperity for the frontier zones, and a time when religious experts wereactively engaged in guiding their communities while contesting each other's rights to the Bible and its interpretation.

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Hagith Sivan offers an unconventional study of one corner of the Roman Empire in late antiquity, weaving around the theme of conflict strands of distinct histories, and of peoples and places, highlighting Palestine's polyethnicity, and cultural, topographical, architectural, and religiousdiversity. During the period 300-650 CE the fort...

Hagith Sivan is Associate Professor at the University of Kansas.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.35 inPublished:March 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199284172

ISBN - 13:9780199284177

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Introduction1. Prologue: From Constantine to Abd al Malik2. The Periphery of Dreams and Deserts3. Recalcitrance, Riots and Rebellion: The Samaritans and the Emergence of Intolerance4. Contesting the Sacred: Forms of Ritualized Violence5. Jerusalem: The Contrasting Eyes of Beholders6. Contesting Scripture and Soil: Liturgical Dates and Seasonal Dieting7. Flesh and Blood? Women in Palestinian Societies8. Urban Stories: Caesarea, Sepphoris, Gaza9. Epilogue