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People's Dictionary of the Bible

Judaea

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Judæa (ju-dç'ah), or Judea, Province of. A name applied to that part of Canaan occupied by those who returned after the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities, The word first occurs, Daniel 6:13 (A. V. "Jewry"), and the first mention of the "province of Judæa" (R. V. "Judah") is in Ezra 5:8; it is alluded to in Nehemiah 11:3(A. V. "Judah"); in the Apocrypha the word "province" is dropped, and throughout it and in the New Testament the expressions are the "land of Judæa" and "Judæa." In a wider and more improper sense "Judæa" was sometimes applied to the whole country of the Canaanites, its ancient inhabitants, and even in the gospels we read of the coasts of Judæa "beyond Jordan." Matthew 19:1; Mark 10:1. Judæa was strictly the southern district, west of the Jordan, and south of Samaria. It was made a portion of the Roman province of Syria after Archelaus was deposed, a.d. 6, and was governed by a procurator, who was subject to the governor of Syria. See Canaan, Palestine, and Judah.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Judaea'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/j/judaea.html. 1893.

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