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The Ituraeans and the Roman Near East
Reassessing the Sources

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Part of Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series

  • Date Published: February 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511669316

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  • 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.

    • Brings together all the known evidence for the Ituraean people from various disciplines including textual and archaeological sources
    • Questions presuppositions and conclusions drawn in the past which have been carried on into the present without serious consideration
    • Includes a comprehensive list of the Latin and Greek inscriptions which mention Ituraean auxiliary units in the Roman military
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    Review of the hardback: 'Those looking for a survey of Ituraean material culture and primary texts … or those wanting an up-to-date history of scholarship on this enigmatic people, would do well to consult Myers's wide-ranging yet comprehensive study.' Justin Winger, University of Michigan

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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511669316
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations
    Introduction
    Early scholarship
    Sources
    Ituraeans and identity
    Ituraeans in history
    Conclusions
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    E. A. Myers
    E. A. Myers is an independent scholar and alumnus with the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.

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