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The dead Sea : myth, history, and politics

Author: Barbara Kreiger
Publisher: Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Dead Sea is unlike any other place on earth. Situated a quarter mile below sea level, so saline it can't support life, surrounded by a desolate, haunting landscape, it is not just a geologic feature but a source of mystery and religious faith. In elegant and vivid prose, Barbara Kreiger re-creates and analyzes the myths and legends surrounding the site and examines both its natural history and its gradual and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kreiger, Barbara.
Dead Sea.
Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, 1997
(OCoLC)647200805
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Kreiger
ISBN: 087451827X 9780874518276 0874517885 9780874517880
OCLC Number: 35593457
Notes: Orilginally published: Living waters. New York : Continuum, 1988.
Description: xxvi, 228 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Living waters
Responsibility: Barbara Kreiger ; foreword by Noel Perrin.

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An updated look at the wealth of legend and promise centered on one of the world's geological wonders.  Read more...

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