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Emmaus
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Town on the eastern edge of the coastal plain, situated northwest of Jerusalem near Latrun. It is here that Judas defeated the Seleucid army under Lysias 166 bce (1 Macc 3:40; 3:55–4:25). Around 221 ce, Emmaus was elevated to the status of city with the new name of Nicopolis and later became an episcopal see and pilgrimage destination. Its distance from Jerusalem, given as 60 stadia (Luke 24:13), has since Origen been tacitly emended to 160 stadia (29 km), which conforms to the actual distance. All Late Antique sources without exception, such as Itinerarium Burdigalense (C…

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Bloedhorn, Hanswulf, “Emmaus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_04306>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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