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Glossary Items starting with 'E'

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  • Early Bronze Age

    An archaeological designation for the period from approximately 3500 B.C.E. until 2200 B.C.E.Characterized by the appearance of bronze tools and objects.

  • Early Dynastic period

    The period of Mesopotamian history lasting from around 2900 to 2300 BCE, which was followed by the period of Akkadian empire.

  • early Judaism

    The historical era of Judaism spanning the periods of Persian and Roman rule, from the 6th century BCE to the 3rd century CE.

  • Easter

    The Christian springtime holiday that celebrates Jesus's resurrection.

  • ecclesiastical

    Related to the church.

  • ecclesiological

    Related to the concept or study of the church.

  • Elephantine

    An island in the Nile River that housed a Judean military garrison in the Persian period.

  • Emanuel Swedenborg

    A Swedish philosopher and theologian whose writings inspired the New Church, a modern Christian sect.

  • Emar

    A 14th to early 12th century B.C.E. Bronze Age trade city, located in modern northern Syria, where over 1,000 cuneiform tablets have been found.

  • empire

    A broad, diverse group of nations ruled by the government of a single nation.

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