The First Jewish Revolt: Archaeology, History and Ideology

The First Jewish Revolt: Archaeology, History and Ideology


By (author) Andrea M. Berlin, By (author) J. Andrew Overman


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 244mm x 19mm | 603g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415257069
  • ISBN 13: 9780415257060
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 7 line drawings, 7 b&w photographs, 4 tables

Product description

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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Review quote

'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

Table of contents

Current scholarship on the first revolt, Martin Goodman; Roman perspectives on the Jews in the age of the revolt, Erich Gruen; the revolt from a regional perspective, Sean Freyne; Romanization and anti-Romanization in pre-revolt Galilee, Andrea Berlin; Phoenicians and Jews - a ceramic case study, Dina Avshalom-Gorni and Nimrod Getzov; power vaccuum and power struggle in 66-67 CE, Richard Horsley; Sepphoris - city of peace, Eric Meyers; Yodefat-Jotapata - the archaeology of the first battle, Mordechai Aviam; Gamla - city of refuge, Danny Syon; Jewish documents from the Judean desert, Hanan Eshel; Jewish millenarian expectations; in the footsteps of the 10th Roman Legion in Judea, Jodi Magness; the first revolt and Flavian politics, J. Andrew Overman; good from evil - the rabbinic response, Anthony Saldarini; the first revolt and its afterlife, Neil Asher Siberman.