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This volume moves discussion of ancient Israelite culture beyond concepts of isolation and borders, factoring in already well-known insights from classical studies and ancient history that take greater account of the impressive connections between all the countries bordering the Mediterranean sea. Specifically, the contributors focus on Cyprus and the Bible and offer archaeological and biblical insights to consider how and in what ways, Cyprus and Cyprian culture was related to biblical life and perceptions.Though the Mediterranean separated Palestine from Cyprus, it also joined them. Archaeological finds expose significant trade relations and cultural commonalities, not only in the Hellenistic and late-Roman eras, but for many centuries prior. These relations developed and became even more intimate in the later biblical period, as evidenced by early Jewish and Christian writings. The volume suggests that further examination of cultural links between Cyprus and Palestine in the biblical period will repay dividends in understanding the development of ancient Israelite religion, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity.
James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature Emeritus and Director and Editor the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA. Jolyon G.R. Pruszinski is adjunct lecturer at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA.
Publisher: T&T Clark
Publication Date: 03/25/2021 - 12:00am
On Sale: 03/25/2021 - 12:00am