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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.
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