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Glossary Items starting with 'Q'

  • Q

    A hypothetical source of sayings about Jesus conceived to explain common materials in Matthew and Luke.

  • Qarqar

    A city in northern Syria that was the site of a massive battle between the Neo-Assyrian king Shalmaneser III and an alliance of Northwest Semitic kings, including the king of Aram. The battle, which took place in 853 B.C.E., was a notable point in the ascendane of the Neo-Assyrian Empire.

  • Qumran

    An archaeological site on the western shore of the Dead Sea, in modern Israel, where a small group of Jews lived in the last centuries B.C.E. The site was destroyed by the Romans around 70 C.E. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves near the site and are believed by most scholars to have belonged to the people living at Qumran.

  • Qur'an

    The sacred scriptures of Islam, written by the prophet Mohammed.

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