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Rome and Jerusalem : The Clash of Ancient Civilizations

By (author) Martin Goodman

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A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem. Martin Goodman--equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies--examines this conflict, its causes, and its consequences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness. He delineates the incompatibility between the cultural, political, and religious beliefs and practices of the two peoples and explains how Rome's interests were served by a policy of brutality against the Jews. At the same time, Christians began to distance themselves from their origins, becoming increasingly hostile toward Jews as Christian influence spread within the empire. This is the authoritative work of how these two great civilizations collided and how the reverberations are felt to this day.

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  • Paperback | 598 pages
  • 132 x 204 x 34mm | 639.56g
  • 01 Dec 2008
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Vintage Books
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0375726136
  • 9780375726132
  • 305,962

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Martin Goodman has divided his intellectual life between the Roman and Jewish worlds. He has edited both the Journal of Roman Studies and the Journal of Jewish Studies. He has taught Roman History at Birmingham and Oxford Universities, and is currently Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2002 he edited the Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies, which was awarded a National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship. He lives with his family in Birmingham.

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"Magnificent. . . . A fascinating and extremely rich history. . . . An engrossing double portrait that shows how much our own civilization owes to both Jerusalem and Rome." --"The New York Sun""Innovative. . . . A complicated bit of history brilliantly told." --"St. Louis Post-Dispatch""Well-written, detailed and meticulous. . . . Provides an intricate examination of life in the first century." --"The Dallas Morning News""A triumph. Goodman's scrupulous care with his sources, his eye for telling detail and his easy prose style combine to produce a work that will reward any reader." --"Jerusalem Post"

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