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Seeking out the Land: Land of Israel Traditions in Ancient Jewish, Christian and Samaritan Literature (200 BCE - 400 CE) (Ze'ev Safrai) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2018) 9789004334793
Seeking out the Land: Land of Israel Traditions in Ancient Jewish, Christian and Samaritan Literature (200 BCE - 400 CE) (Ze'ev Safrai) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2018) 9789004334793
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Title: Seeking out the Land: Land of Israel Traditions in Ancient Jewish, Christian and Samaritan Literature (200 BCE - 400 CE)

Author: Safrai, Ze'ev

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2018

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004334793

Volumes: 1; Pages: 556

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Seeking out the Land describes the study of the Holy Land in the Roman period and examines the complex connections between theology, social agenda and the intellectual pursuit. Holiness as a theological concept determines the intellectual agenda of the elite society of writers seeking to describe the land, as well as their preoccupation with its physical aspects and their actual knowledge about it.

Ze'ev Safrai succeeds in examining all the ancient monotheistic literature, both Jewish and Christian, up to the fourth century CE, and in demonstrating how all the above-mentioned factors coalesce into a single entity. We learn that in both religions, with all their various subgroups, the same social and religious factors were at work, but with differing intensity.

Contents

The Geography of the Land in Second Temple Literature

The Description of the Land of Israel in Josephus’ Works

The Land in Rabbinic Literature

The Evolution of the Concept of the Sanctity of the Land

The Land in Early Christian Literature

The Land in Samaritan Literature

Jewish and Christian Sacred Sites in the Holy Land

Concern with the Land in the Roman-Byzantine Period: An Overview

Indexes


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