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A perfect storm: How early Christian farming in the Negev collapsed

A perfect storm: How early Christian farming in the Negev collapsed The Negev Desert isn’t the first place that comes to mind when one thinks about agricultural abundance, yet beginning over 2,000 years ago and up to about 1,500 years ago very roughly, slightly less inhospitable parts of the desert were intensively farmed. From early Roman times, villagers in the Negev worked the bitter land. By the early Byzantine era, which began in 324 C.E., the farmers were flourishing by…

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