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Title: Christian Epigraphy in the Holy Land: New Discoveries
Author(s): DI SEGNI, Leah
Journal: ARAM Periodical
Volume: 15    Date: 2003   
Pages: 247-267
DOI: 10.2143/ARAM.15.0.504538

Abstract :
The author focusses on one facet of the complex picture of Christian life in the Holy Land, namely the persistence of Christianity after the Muslim conquest and the change in the dominant culture and religion brought about by an Arab Muslim elite superseding the former Greek-speaking Christian leading class. Christian life went on, however, on both sides of the Jordan, not as an ebbing survival, but as the expression of a flourishing, self-assured and self-organised community. The exploration of churches and the study of the epigraphical production of the seventh and eighth centuries have made this picture abundantly clear as far as it concerns the Transjordan region, but it was still a matter of speculation whether this can be truly affirmed also for the region west of the Jordan. Evidence is accumulating in favour of this surmise: the author discusses some new epigraphical discoveries.

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