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Judah/Judea
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[German Version]

As a regional designation (“the hollowed out, washed out region”; cf. also Arab. wahda), Judah (Heb. יְהוּדָה/yehûdāh; Gk ‘Ιουδα/Iouda) refers to the southern range in the hills to the west of the Jordan. It gave the name to the tribe of Judah (Tribes of Israel) that settled there, from which the allied state of Judah developed in the time of David. Until the death of Solomon part of a state with the other tribes of Israel, Judah became independent again alongside the northern kingdom of Israel after the division of the kingdom. After the …

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Otto, Eckart, “Judah/Judea”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_22660>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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