Wednesday, January 29, 2020

First Paragraph

The Romans incorporated the eastern end of the Mediterranean into their expanding empire in 63 B.C. They called the land on the southern part of this Mediterranean extremity, lying between Syria and the Egyptian desert, Judea, and hence its people became known in the Roman world as Judeans, hence Jews. This Roman appellation accorded with Hebrew people's reference to themselves as members of the tribe, and later kingdom, of Yehudah.

- From The Sacred Chain: The History of the Jews by Norman F. Cantor

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