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Overview

The First Jewish Revolt against Rome is arguably the most decisive event in the history of Judaism and Christianity. The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE by the Roman General Titus forced a transformation in structure and form for both of these fraternal religions. Yet despite its importance, little has been written on the First Revolt, its causes, implications and the facts surrounding it.
In this volume, Andrea M. Berlin and J. Andrew Overman have gathered the foremost scholars on the period to discuss and debate this pivotal historical event. The contributions explore both Roman and Jewish perspectives on the Revolt,
looking at its history and archaeology, and finally examining the ideology and interpretation of the revolt in subsequent history and myth.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Only positive remarks are possible on this fine, stimulating book, which allows a deeper understanding of various important aspects of this revolt and makes significant strides towards the possibility of a new synthesis.' - The Classical Review

'A book of considerable value for scholars and advanced students.' - Journal of Jewish Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415257060
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Current scholarship on the First Revolt 15
Pt. I Historical and archaeological background 25
2 Roman perspectives on the Jews in the age of the Great Revolt 27
3 The Revolt from a regional perspective 43
4 Romanization and anti-Romanization in pre-Revolt Galilee 57
5 Phoenicians and Jews: a ceramic case-study 74
Pt. II The first year in Galilee 85
6 Power vacuum and power struggle in 66-7 C.E. 87
7 Sepphoris: city of peace 110
8 Yodefat/Jotapata: the archaeology of the first battle 121
9 Gamla: city of refuge 134
Pt. III From archaeology and history to ideology 155
10 Documents of the First Jewish Revolt from the Judean desert 157
11 Jewish millenarian expectations 164
12 In the footsteps of the Tenth Roman Legion in Judea 189
13 The First Revolt and Flavian politics 213
14 Good from evil: the rabbinic response 221
15 The First Revolt and its afterlife 237
Index 253
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