By Hagith Sivan
Hagith Sivan bargains an unconventional research of 1 nook of the Roman Empire in overdue antiquity, weaving round the subject of clash strands of detailed histories, and of peoples and areas, highlighting Palestine's polyethnicity, and cultural, topographical, architectural, and non secular range. through the interval 300-650 CE the fortunes of the 'east' and the 'west' have been in detail associated. hundreds of thousands of westerners within the guise of pilgrims, pious clergymen, squaddies, and civilians flocked to what grew to become a Christian holy land. this can be the period that witnessed the transformation of Jerusalem from a sleepy Roman city outfitted at the ruins of incredible Herodian Jerusalem into a global centre of Christianity and finally right into a centre of Islamic worship. It used to be additionally a interval of exceptional prosperity for the frontier zones, and a time whilst non secular specialists have been actively engaged in guiding their groups whereas contesting each one other's rights to the Bible and its interpretation.