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For the Freedom of Zion: The Great Revolt of Jews Against Romans, 66-74 CE
For the Freedom of Zion: The Great Revolt of Jews Against Romans, 66-74 Ce
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Author: Rogers, Guy MacLean
Format: Hardcover

Product Code: 9780300248135

In 66 CE Jews in Judaea revolted against Roman rule. Four years later the Romans destroyed the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and much of the city. In 73 or 74 the Romans captured the fortress of Masada after its defenders killed each other rather than surrender. After the Temple's destruction Jews were largely excluded from Jerusalem and the Temple was never rebuilt. It was 1900 years before Jews recovered their political freedom. The causes, course, and outcome of the great revolt of Jews against Romans have been debated since 74 CE. Almost all scholars have assumed that the Roman victory was inevitable. Based upon a comprehensive study of all the evidence and new statistical data Guy Rogers argues that the Jewish rebels were not impious; they lost due to military mistakes; and their defeat was not inevitable. Most importantly Rogers contends that while the Romans won the war, they lost the peace. When the Romans destroyed the Jerusalem Temple they thought that they had defeated the God of Israel and eliminated Jews as a strategic threat to their rule. Instead they ensured the Jews' victory. After their defeat Jews turned to the written words of their God. Following those words ultimately led to the Jews' recovery of freedom in the promised land

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