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Author Myers, E. A. (Elaine Anne)

Title The Ituraeans and the Roman Near East : reassessing the sources / E.A. Myers
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xv, 216 pages) : illustrations
Series Society for New Testament Studies monograph series ; 147
Monograph series (Society for New Testament Studies) ; 147.
Contents Early scholarship -- Literary texts -- Archaeology -- Coins -- Inscriptions -- Ituraeans and identity -- The Ituraeans in history -- Conclusions -- Appendix 1. Two small finds and the Ituraeans -- Appendix 2. Inscriptions relevant to the Roman auxiliary units
Summary "The Ituraeans, a little-known people of late first century BCE Syria/Palestine, are referred to briefly in a number of early texts, notably Pliny, Strabo and Josephus, and the principality of Ituraea is mentioned in Luke 3.1. There is, as yet, no consensus among archaeologists as to whether certain artefacts should be attributed to the Ituraeans or not. They form a mysterious backdrop to what we know of the area in the time of Jesus, which remains obstinately obscure despite the enormous amount of research in recent decades on the 'historical Jesus' and Greco-Roman Galilee. Through reference to the early texts, modern scholarship has contributed to a claim the Ituraeans were an Arab tribal group known mainly for their recurrent brigandage. Elaine Myers challenges these presuppositions and suggests a reappraisal of previous interpretations of these texts and the archaeological evidence to present a more balanced portrait of this ancient people."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 186-212) and index
Subject Itureans -- History
Itureans -- Sources
BIBLES -- General.
RELIGION -- Biblical Reference -- General.
RELIGION -- Biblical Reference.
SUBJECT Lebanon -- History.
Biqāʿ Valley (Lebanon) -- History
Middle East -- Civilization -- To 622.
Subject Lebanon
Lebanon -- Biqāʻ Valley
Middle East
Römisches Reich.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511675416