Rome and Judaea

Rome and Judaea : International Law Relations, 162-100 BCE

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Rome and Judaea explores the nature of Judaea's first diplomatic mission to Rome during the Maccabean revolt: did it result in a sanctioned treaty or was it founded instead on amity? This book breaks new ground in this debate by bringing to light the "Roman-Jewish Friendship tablet," a newly discovered piece of evidence that challenges the theory Rome ratified an official treaty with Judaea. Incorporating interdisciplinary research and this new textual evidence, the book argues that Roman-Jewish relations during the Maccabean revolt were motivated by the Roman concept of diplomatic friendship, or more

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  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 25.4mm | 793.79g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 black & white tables
  • 1138932914
  • 9781138932913

Review quote

Linda Zollschan, by her thorough analysis of the process by which Romans formed international relations as well as her detailed linguistic analysis of the letter at 1 Macc 8:23-32, has provided a new and fascinating understanding of the relations between Rome and the Hasmoneans from the first embassy to Rome in 162 BCE to the arrival of Pompey in Syria in 63 BCE. She concludes that there was no formal treaty between Rome and the Judeans, but a relationship of amicitia (friendship). Her findings are invaluable and essential to any further study of this period. - Professor Robert Doran, Amherst College, USAshow more

About Linda Zollschan

Linda Zollschan is an independent research professional based in Israel. She obtained her PhD from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, more

Table of contents

Dedication Page Preface Introduction Part I The Evidence Chapter 1: The Jewish Embassy to Rome in the Ancient Sources Chapter 2: New Evidence: The Roman-Jewish Friendship Tablet Part II The First Jewish Embassy to Rome Chapter 3: Prior Diplomatic Contact between the Romans and the Jews Chapter 4: Judas Maccabaeus: From Guerilla Leader to Diplomat Chapter 5: Jewish Ambassadors go to Rome Chapter 6: Roman International Friendship Chapter 7: The Treaty Hypothesis Revisited Chapter 8: The Outcome of the Embassy Part III Epilogue Chapter 9: From Jonathan to John Hyrcanus I Chapter 10: Conclusions Appendix: The Oral Nature of the Document in I Macc. 8.23-32 Bibliography Indexshow more