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Israel and the Nations

Adrian Curtis

in Oxford Bible Atlas

Third edition

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780191001581
Published online April 2009 |
Israel and the Nations

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The ancient Near East is an area to which later civilizations owe an immense debt. Here were the beginnings of agriculture and village life, and of literature, law, and science. This was the area from which three major world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, were to develop and spread, and where the sacred texts of those religions emerged. This chapter describes the great civilizations of the ancient Near East which forms the backdrop of stories in the Bible. These include Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, the Greeks, and the Romans. The Diaspora and spread of Christianity are also discussed.

Keywords: ancient Near East; Egypt; Mesopotamia; Persia; Greeks; Romans; Jewish Diaspora; Christianity

Chapter.  10775 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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