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Title: The Levites, *ra-wo, λαός / λαοί
Subtitle: A New Proposal for Lexical and Historical Relationship
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 101    Issue: 3   Date: 2020   
Pages: 444-452
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.101.3.3288731

Abstract :
The hypothesised relations between Mycenaean Greece and the Near East, especially Canaan in the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age, have led some scholars to propose Greek etymologies for a number of terms attested in the Hebrew Bible. This raises the question about possible vehicles for such cultural interrelations. To this end, this article advances the hypothesis that the Levites, a group featured in the biblical tradition, may have originated in the group that referred to itself in Greek as *ra-wo / λαοί.

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