Timeline of the name "Judea"

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This article presents a timeline of the name "Judea" through an incomplete list of notable historical references to the name through the various time periods of the region.


Historical references

Biblical references

The name occurs multiple times as a geographic region in the Hebrew Bible, in both Hebrew and Aramaic:

During the time of the New Testament, the region was a Roman province. The name Judea occurs 44 times in the New Testament.

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    1. The Scroll of Antiochus (Megillath Benei Hashmonai), printed in the Yemenite Baladi-rite prayer book, Sefer Ha-Tiklāl (Tiklal Qadmonim), ed. Yosef Ḥubārah, Jerusalem 1964, pp. 75b–ff.
    2. Josephus, De Bello Judaico (The Jewish War) III, 51 (The Jewish War 3.3.5)
    3. Josephus. The Jewish War (1.6.5; 4.8.1); Antiquities (14.3.4).
    4. Naturalis Historia , 5:66–73
    5. Pliny (1947). H. Rackham (ed.). Natural History. 2. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. p. 273 (Book V, ch. XV, 70). ISBN   0674993888. OCLC   954144356.
    6. Josephus, Antiquities XIV.I.4. (14.14)
    7. Lehmann, Clayton Miles (Summer 1998). "Palestine: History: 135–337: Syria Palaestina and the Tetrarchy". The On-line Encyclopedia of the Roman Provinces. University of South Dakota. Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
    8. Feldman 1990 , p. 19: "While it is true that there is no evidence as to precisely who changed the name of Judaea to Palestine and precisely when this was done, circumstantial evidence would seem to point to Hadrian himself, since he is, it would seem, responsible for a number of decrees that sought to crush the national and religious spirit of thejews, whether these decrees were responsible for the uprising or were the result of it. In the first place, he refounded Jerusalem as a Graeco-Roman city under the name of Aelia Capitolina. He also erected on the site of the Temple another temple to Zeus."
    9. Jacobson 2001, p. 44-45: "Hadrian officially renamed Judea Syria Palaestina after his Roman armies suppressed the Bar-Kokhba Revolt (the Second Jewish Revolt) in 135 C.E.; this is commonly viewed as a move intended to sever the connection of the Jews to their historical homeland. However, that Jewish writers such as Philo, in particular, and Josephus, who flourished while Judea was still formally in existence, used the name Palestine for the Land of Israel in their Greek works, suggests that this interpretation of history is mistaken. Hadrian’s choice of Syria Palaestina may be more correctly seen as a rationalization of the name of the new province, in accordance with its area being far larger than geographical Judea. Indeed, Syria Palaestina had an ancient pedigree that was intimately linked with the area of greater Israel."
    10. Foster, Zachary (November 2017). "Southern Syria". The Invention of Palestine (thesis). Princeton University. pp. 103–110. ISBN   9780355480238. Docket 10634618. Retrieved 9 February 2018. The Roman Emperor Hadrian is claimed to have replaced the district of Judaea with Palestine to erase the land’s Jewish identity after crushing the Bar-Kokhba revolt in 135 AD, what we might call the erasure hypothesis… Historians do not believe that Hadrian preserved the administrative boundaries of Judaea and simply rename the province Palestine. Instead, the consensus is that the district was abolished altogether and replaced not with Palaestina, but with Syria-Palaestina… But there are also some major problems with the erasure hypothesis. It assumes that Palestine was not already the name of a region that included Judaea. If it was, then how could Hadrian have changed the name to Palestine?… But Palestine did not emerge forth from Judaea, it had coexisted with it long before it was putatively changed to it. Herodotus (d. 425 BC) was the first on record in the Greek world to use the term Palestine. The prevailing theory is that he adopted the term from Aramaic—both because Aramaic was the closest thing the Near East had at that time to a lingua franca and because Middle Aramaic, a Semitic language related to Hebrew, had a form of that word—Pi-li-s-ta'in—closest to Herodotus’s Greek usage… Others writers… used the term before 135 CE, and they included Judaea in it. So, Palestine included Judaea a long time before Hadrian said it included Judaea. We have a plausible motive for the change without knowing anything else about Hadrian: he called the place what it was called. Interestingly, Hadrian… admired Greek aesthetics, art and philosophy and even changed provincial names to Greek ones elsewhere in the Empire as symbolic acts of restoration. This included the city of Antigonea, called that by the Macedonian king Antigonus Doson, which he changed to Mantinea—its Greek name during the time of Sparta’s prominence; the city of Sepphoris, which was renamed Diocaesarea in Hadrian’s honor in 130; he renamed Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina—to remind Christian Roman dissenters that it was Aelius Hadrianus—i.e. himself—who held power in Jerusalem. It’s plausible he renamed Judaea not because he wanted to give BDS a head start, as Malcolm Hoenlein believed, but rather because he loved the Greeks—and he thought the Greeks called the place Palestine… The decision to change the name to Palestine may have been a banal bureaucratic choice. The whole affair might have passed without anyone thinking there was anything vengeful about the change. This seems plausible, especially given the paucity of direct evidence around who made the change, when and under what circumstances. If the administrative reorganization was indeed banal, then we might have expected both names to have persisted after the change, which is exactly what happened.
    11. Louis H. Feldman (1996). Studies in Hellenistic Judaism. Brill. p. 553.
    12. Rabbi Judah the Prince, The Mishnah (ed. Herbert Danby, Oxford University Press: Oxford 1933, s.v. Tractate Sheviit 9:2.
    13. Epiphanius’ Treatise on Weights and Measures: The Syriac Version, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization (SAOC), page 30, line 54c
    14. p. 1
    15. Salmon, Thomas (1744). Modern History Or the Present State of All Nations. T. Longman. p.  461.