With Judith Green.
The Onomasticon, a monumental endeavor begun in the 1960s by
the late Prof. Michael Avi-Yonah, collates all the known Greek and Latin
literary and documentary sources mentioning geographical and ethnic names
attested in Iudaea, under the Hasmonaean and Herodian dynasties, and in the
Roman and Byzantine provinces of Palaestina and Arabia – an area today spread
over Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Sinai and southern Syria.
The source texts, dating from the fourth century BCE to the
seventh century CE, are culled from over 1,300 texts by more than 750 separate
authors, and from papyri, inscriptions and coins. The individual place names
are arranged in alphabetical entries, each presenting a comprehensive
collection of excerpts from the texts in which that place is mentioned. Where
possible, the places are identified and described on the basis of up-to-date
archaeological and bibliographical research.
Volume I contains an annotated bibliography of the primary
source texts, a collection of major texts from which many of the sources in the
alphabetical entries are excerpted, and a listing of all the place names
covered in the series.
Volume II, with some 1,400 pages in two parts, contains the
entries for the hundreds of places whose names begin with the letter A,
including the massive 438-page entry on Arabia and the sizeable entries for
Ascalon (Ashkelon) and Azotus (Ashdod). Alongside entries from the great
Onomasticon of Eusebius and the Latin version of Jerome, the source texts include
descriptions of the landscape, fauna and flora of ancient Judaea/Palaestina and
Arabia, stories of the pilgrims who made their way to the holy places, accounts
of the battles for the liberation and conquest of the land, lists of bishops
serving the dioceses of the Holy Land who joined in the great church councils
of the Byzantine period, prescriptions for the treatment of diseases,
contracts, milestone inscriptions, coins, lading dockets and many other
passages of widely varying types.
All of the extracts are presented in the
original Greek or Latin and in English translation, except for those that were
preserved only in Syriac, which are presented in English translation.
שנת ההוצאה: 2015–2017
מידות (ס"מ): 18 × 27