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By Hagith Sivan

Hagith Sivan deals an unconventional examine of 1 nook of the Roman Empire in past due antiquity, weaving round the subject matter of clash strands of exact histories, and of peoples and areas, highlighting Palestine's polyethnicity, and cultural, topographical, architectural, and spiritual variety. in the course of the interval 300-650 CE the fortunes of the 'east' and the 'west' have been in detail associated. hundreds of thousands of westerners within the guise of pilgrims, pious clergymen, infantrymen, and civilians flocked to what grew to become a Christian holy land. this can be the period that witnessed the transformation of Jerusalem from a sleepy Roman city equipped at the ruins of amazing Herodian Jerusalem into a global centre of Christianity and eventually right into a centre of Islamic worship. It used to be additionally a interval of exceptional prosperity for the frontier zones, and a time while non secular specialists have been actively engaged in guiding their groups whereas contesting each one other's rights to the Bible and its interpretation.

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