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Libya, Ancient

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

The modern country of Libya, which has been independent since 1951, is located in north Africa and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea (north) and the countries of Egypt (east), Sudan (southeast), Chad (south), Niger (southwest), Algeria (west), and Tunisia (northwest). This region is sometimes referred to as the Maghreb, which appears to be largely synonymous with the ancient term of Libya. Modern Libya is usually divided into the following main geographical regions: Tripolitania (northwest s…

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