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I. Pre-Hellenistic Period – II. Antiquity

I. Pre-Hellenistic Period

Gaza was considered the most important city in southwestern Palestine, with a large, fertile trading area on the highway from Egypt to Syria, the destination point of the Frankincense Road from Arabia to the Mediterranean. It has been almost continuously inhabited since the second half of the 2nd century bce. The history of Gaza began, according to the evidence of its name (Canaanite ‘azzat, Heb. ‘azzāh, “strengthened, fortifie…

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Uehlinger, Christoph and Hahn, Johannes, “Gaza”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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