Jewish Reactions to the Destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism)

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9789004210271: Jewish Reactions to the Destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism)
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The Roman destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 was a watershed event in the religious, political, and social life of first-century Jews. This book explores the reaction to this event found in Jewish apocalypses and related literature preserved among the Pseudepigrapha (4 Ezra, 2 Baruch, 3 Baruch, 4 Baruch, Sibylline Oracles 4 and 5, and the Apocalypse of Abraham). While keeping the historical context of their composition in mind, the author analyzes the texts with a view to answering the following questions: What do these texts tell us about Jewish attitudes toward the Roman Empire? How did Jews understand the situation in post-70 Judea through the lens of Israels past, especially the Babylonian sack of Jerusalem in 587 B.C.?

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Kenneth R. Jones, Ph.D. (2006) in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California at Berkeley, is Assistant Professor of History and Classics at Baylor University.

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