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date: 26 June 2019

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This article shows how the people in Roman-Byzantine Palestine understood issues of group affiliation and identity. It starts with a review of the scholarship on the demography of Palestinian Jews. It presents the demography of Palestinian Jews, and studies the population numbers that were recorded in ancient sources. In the next section, the discussion focuses on population growth and the Jewish settlements in Palestine. It also considers the regional concentration of the Jews, the problems of religious separation, and the changes that occurred during the Byzantine period.

Keywords: group affiliation, issues of identity, demography, Palestinian Jews, population numbers, population growth, Jewish settlements, regional concentration, religious separation

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