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"Between Europe and the Middle East, at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, lies the region known as the Near East. The area includes the countries of Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. It is the birthplace of some of the world’s oldest civilizations and has close ties with three major religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam."   The Near East. (2009). In Geography of the World within the Credo Reference Database.

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Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Call Number: Reference - 2nd floor Reference Collection -- DS111.A2A73 2001
The text consists of 800 entries, running a few paragraphs to two or three pages in length and arranged alphabetically by the name of the site or subject (e.g., "Ivory" or "Shells").

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Dictionary of the Ancient Near East
Call Number: Reference - 2nd floor Reference Collection -- DS56.D5 2000
This dictionary also includes a map, a chronological chart, and king lists.

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Encyclopedia of the Ancient World
Call Number: Reference - 2nd floor Reference Collection -- CB311.E54 2002
This fully illustrated three volume set covers world cultures from prehistory through the year 700 C.E. It includes time lines and guides for pronunciation, geography, and word usage included.

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The Cambridge Ancient History
Call Number: Reference - 2nd floor Reference Collection -- D57.C25 v.^^^1982
There are multiple years and holdings for this title. Click on the title to view the catalog records.

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
Call Number: Reference - 2nd floor Reference Collection -- DT58.O94 2001
This three volume text includes entries covering religion, mythology, medicine, art, archaeology, sociology, trade and commerce, dialects, and agriculture.

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Who's Who in the Ancient Near East
Call Number: Online Ebooks and Reference - 2nd floor -- DS61.5.L45 1999
The majority of the entries cover kings and local rulers. Also includes maps, a glossary, an outline of the main historical periods, and specialized indexes of personal names, toponyms and rulers, dynasties, peoples, and tribes.


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