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Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations

Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations

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By (author) Martin Goodman

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 598 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 204mm x 34mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375726136
  • ISBN 13: 9780375726132
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 324,145

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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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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"

Table of contents

Illustrations, Figures and Maps Acknowledgements Introduction: The Main Witness Prologue: The Destruction of Jerusalem Part one: A Mediterranean World Chapter one: A Tale of Two Cities Chapter two: One World Under Rome Chapter three: Diversity and Toleration Part two: Romans and Jews Chapter four: Identities Chapter five: Communities Chapter six: Perspectives Chapter seven: Lifestyles Chapter eight: Government Chapter nine: Politics Chapter ten: Romans and Jews Part three: Conflict Chapter eleven: The Road to Destruction Chapter twelve: Reactions Chapter thirteen: The Growth of the Church Chapter fourteen: A New Rome and a New Jerusalem Epilogue: The Origins of Antisemitism Notes Further Reading Index