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The early records of the religious history of Judaism date from the classical period of the “ancient Israelites,” a Semitic group which roamed the northern Arabian desert. Just as other nomadic groups lived in tribes structured with a chieftain in authority over the group’s members, so around the second millennium bce the patriarch Abraham and his people lived and traveled on the fringes of the desert, seeking pasture for their animals. They normally camped beside springs and oases, but because vegetation was sparse they had to be on the move continuously. Crossing and recrossing desert wastes of pebbles and shifting sand, they traveled in search of fruit, vegetation, and water.


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