A Time of Change Judah and its Neighbours in the Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-22
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark

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A Time of Change examines the changes that occurred in the Land of Israel during the Persian and early Hellenistic periods, from the sixth through the fourth centuries BCE. Taking into account the popularity of this field over the last forty years, A Time of Change is unique in presenting a fully up-to-date assessment of the area. A major focus of several of the papers is the examination of different aspects of the newly published 'Makkedah ostraca' and their meaning. By collecting this research in a single volume it is possible for the reader to obtain an overview of the situation during these periods in question, which in turn enables ready comparison with preceding and subsequent periods. For clarity, the studies are divided into three categories: archaeological, epigraphic and historical, though many of them operate on a more interdisciplinary level. This enables a thorough yet fresh and concise presentation of thought in this important area of study. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
Forewordp. ix
List of Bibliographical Abbreviationsp. xi
List of Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Archaeological Studies
Archaeological Evidence of Links between the Aegean World and the Land of Israel in the Persian Periodp. 1
Settlement Dynamics and Demographic Fluctuations in Judah from the late Iron Age to the Hellenistic Period and the Archaeology of Persian-Period Yehudp. 23
Settlement Patterns in Persian-Era Yehudp. 52
Tell es-Safi/Gath during the Persian Periodp. 65
Epigraphic Studies
Hellenism in the Land of Israel from the Fifth to the Second Centuries bce in Light of Semitic Epigraphyp. 116
Makkedah and the Storehouse in the Idumean Ostracap. 125
Two Aramaic Ostraca from Mareshahp. 171
Historical Studies
From Xeno-Philia to-Phobia: Jewish Encounters with the Otherp. 179
The Population of Persian-Period Idumea According to the Ostraca: A Study of Ethnic Boundaries and Ethnogenesisp. 205
The Southern Frontier of Yehud and the Creation of Idumeap. 239
Index of Referencesp. 253
Index of Authorsp. 256
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