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Glossary Items starting with 'E'

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  • Early Bronze Age

    An archaeological designation for the period from approximately 3500 B.C.E. until 2200 B.C.E.Characterized by the appearance of bronze tools and objects.

  • Early Dynastic period

    The period of Mesopotamian history lasting from around 2900 to 2300 BCE, which was followed by the period of Akkadian empire.

  • early Judaism

    The historical era of Judaism spanning the periods of Persian and Roman rule, from the 6th century BCE to the 3rd century CE.

  • Easter

    The Christian springtime holiday that celebrates Jesus's resurrection.

  • Ebionites

    an early Jewish Christian sect

  • ecclesial

    related to the church

  • ecclesiastical

    Related to the church.

  • ecclesiological

    Related to the concept or study of the church.

  • eclectic text

    a critical edition drawn from multiple sources where scholars weigh the different readings to determine which reading is most likely original

  • edict

    an official command

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