Population Structure and Jewish Identity

David Goodblatt

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199216437
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Population Structure and Jewish Identity

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This article shows how the people in Roman-Byzantine Palestine understood issues of group affiliation and identity. It starts with a review of the scholarship on the demography of Palestinian Jews. It presents the demography of Palestinian Jews, and studies the population numbers that were recorded in ancient sources. In the next section, the discussion focuses on population growth and the Jewish settlements in Palestine. It also considers the regional concentration of the Jews, the problems of religious separation, and the changes that occurred during the Byzantine period.

Keywords: group affiliation; issues of identity; demography; Palestinian Jews; population numbers; population growth; Jewish settlements; regional concentration; religious separation

Article.  9134 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical History ; Historical Archaeology

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