Between Rome and Jerusalem

Between Rome and Jerusalem : 300 Years of Roman-Judaean Relations

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Sicker sheds new light on the political circumstances surrounding the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity. He places the 300-year history of Judaea from the Hasmoneans to Bar Kokhba, 167 B.C.E.-135 C.E. in the context of Roman history and Judaea's geostrategic role in Rome's geopolitics in the Middle East. However, because of the unique character of its religion and culture, which bred an intense nationalism unknown elsewhere in the ancient world, Judaea turned out to be a weak link holding the Roman Empire in the east together. As such, it became a factor of some importance in the protracted struggle of Rome and Parthia for hegemony in southwest Asia. Judaea thus took on a political and strategic significance that was grossly disproportionate to its size and made its subjugation and domination an imperative of Roman foreign policy for two centuries, from Pompeius to Hadrian. In effect, the history of the period may be viewed as the story of the conflict between Roman imperialism and Judaean nationalism. A fresh look at ancient Middle Eastern and Roman history that will be invaluable for students and scholars of ancient history, post-biblical Jewish history and of Christian more

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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 160.5 x 240.3 x 21.3mm | 512.57g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0275971406
  • 9780275971403
  • 1,916,977

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?This book is suitable for use in an undergraduate course in geopolitics or Middle Eastern or Roman History, or for background information for graduate students in these areas. General readers, with an interest in Judaean or Roman History, will also find this book informative.?-Suite101.comshow more

About Martin Sicker

Martin Sicker is a private consultant and lecturer who has written extensively in the fields of political science and international affairs, with a special focus on geopolitics and the history of the Middle East. He is the author of 14 previous books, including Praeger's companion volume The Pre-Islamic Middle more

Table of contents

Introduction The Historical Background The Hasmonean Revolt A Jewish State is Born Pharisees and Sadducees The Era of Jannaeus and Alexandra The Succession Crisis and Roman Intervention The Rise of the Antipatrids The Era of Julius Caesar Herod and Marcus Antonius The Reign of Herod the Great Herod and Augustus Caesar The Herodians Judaea Becomes a Roman Province Pontius Pilate: Procurator of Judaea The Era of Agrippa Prelude to the Great Revolt The Great Revolt Erupts The Fall of Jerusalem Aftermath of the Destruction Hadrian and the Last Revolt Afterword Bibliographyshow more