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Jewish Festal Names in Antiquity—A Neglected Area of Onomastic Research

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Naming children to reflect the occasion of their birth is found in many cultures and Jewish culture in antiquity was no exception. Although Sabbath-derived names have been studied, no comprehensive treatment of Jewish festal names exists. This paper attempts to fill that gap by examining in turn each name used by Jews during the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman periods with a definite or possible festal connection. The study concludes with an attempt to explain why the category of Jewish festal names expanded in late antiquity. It is suggested that the most likely reason was the enhanced festal role enjoyed by the synagogue at that time.

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2005-03-01
2016-12-07

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