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A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of JerusalemIn 70 CE after a four year war three Roman legions besieged and eventually devastated Jerusalem destroying Herod’s magnificent Temple Sixty years later after further violent rebellions and the city’s final destruction Hadrian built the new city of Aelia Capitolina where Jerusalem had once stood Jews were barred from entering its ter. Rather than writing a complete coherent review I am simply going to list the many points which make this book a serious suspect in my mind insofar as historical writing goes For one it's simply dull this is the least of its sins but even academic writing should be mildly interesting to read The writer creates a somewhat absurd picture comparing the Romans and the Jews of the second temple period in minute point after minute point which somehow repeatedly gets either reduced to stereotypes where differences are irreconcilable or smoothed over where it is possible to show by some spectacular way that these differences barely exist The existence of the soul has apparently been stolen in an incomplete fashion by the Greeks it's clearly impossible for anyone to have invented the concept themselves Which it's certainly true Jews took much in the way of Greek philosophical tools it's eually true that very few of the contents managed the cultural transfer and assimilated They were around but it was akin to oil floating on the surface Historiography certainly was not something that Greece had to teach the Jews The styles of historiographic narrative are markedly different and clearly influenced contemporary Jewish thought but Jewish historiography is not nonexistent as Maccabees attests The assertion that Jews had only the haziest idea of the previous three hundred years is rankly laughable Simply because we have no specific texts from the period testifying coherent historiography is absence of evidence from which one can hardly draw conclusion considering the wholesale destruction of the two upcoming revolts Absence of evidence Mr Goodman should know is not evidence of absence Saying that Romans and Jews lived in perfect accord seems to completely forget the rebellious inclinations of Provincia Judaea that were there to begin with The Jews were disinclined to accept Roman rule having tasted independence with the Hasmoneans and while it's certainly true that in the beginning the amount of strife and collision was insignificant minor and overshadowed by mutual benefit it's eually true that there existed a philosophy crying against government by a foreign power not by the rich elite perhaps but by the poor people certainly It's easily visible in the grumbling against the population census the emergence of the Fourth Philosophy and event the outcry against the Herodian Dynasty Asserting that Antisemitism originates with the Flavian dynasty is putting rather a burden on the Flavian dynasty and simplifying the nature of antisemitism Not to mention reducing the place of such works as Against Apion Against Apion rather implies to most scholars the relative common distribution of Apion's work and philosophy If Josephus had to come out against it Antisemitism couldn't be a complete unknown Implying that the church merely rode on the political coat tails of Vespasian Titus and Domitian is very nice for the church but the attempt to excuse the church from originating and generating a large chunk of European antisemitism is misplaced as we find it commonly and everywhereWhile Goodman describes with fair accuracy the events leading to the Great Revolt and the Bar Kochba Revolt his thesis concerning the nature of Roman and Jews relationships fails in the detail in my opinion

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Rome and Jerusalem The Clash of Ancient CivilizationsIous beliefs and practices of the two peoples He explains how Rome’s interests were served by a policy of brutality against the Jews He makes clear how the original Christians first distanced themselves from their origins and then became increasingly hostile toward Jews as Christian influence spread within the empire The book thus also offers an exceptional account of the origins of anti Semitism the history of which reverberates stillAn indispensable bo. This book is a mixed bag A lot of good research here but the problem is that the researcher is so very selective in his presentation biasing the evidence towards the conclusions he desires The bald statement he makes that in fact the Jewish state was characterized less by organized hostility to Rome than by internecine struggles for power does not take into consideration multiple uprisings I found it interesting for example that Sepphoris is not even mentioned once in this 598 page volume and certainly not found in the index He mentions the rebel Theudas who brings a group of followers with their belongings to the river Jordan but whether he intended any action against Rome is unknown by which statement he seems to be clueless about the great significance of any action whatsoever at the river Jordan in the understanding of the Jewish people I did find some support in the work of Rose Mary Sheldon who offers a critical review Recognising his expertise in both Roman and Jewish history Sheldon claims that Goodman's arguments in favour of a lack of conflict between Romans and Jews between 6 60 CE do not hold water See Sheldon Rose Mary 2010 Rome and Jerusalem An Ancient Clash of Civilizations Book Review Intelligence and National Security 25 6 856–861 doi101080026845272010537882 I did learn a lot from this book I respect the research that went into it I do not however recommend the book to anyone except people who do enough reading to be able to fill in his gaps and revise his conclusions

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Download Rome and Jerusalem The Clash of Ancient Civilizations ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub õ A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of JerusalemIn 70 CE after a four year war three Roman legions besieged and eventually devaRitory They were taxed simply for being Jewish They were forbidden to worship their god They were wholly reviledWhat brought about this conflict between the Romans and the subjects they had previously treated with tolerance Martin Goodman eually renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies examines this conflict its causes and its conseuences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness He delineates the incompatibility between the cultural political and relig. Very well written albeit extremely detailed account of the issues leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman army in the First Century ADThe first and longest section of the book is a meticulous examination of all aspects of Roman and Jewish culture effectively trying to tease out what led to the clash but often simply serving as an excellently written but often seemingly undirected account of Romethe Roman Empire emphatically not the Republic and JudaismJerusalem This covers areas such as morals identities attitudes to family and associations politics and legal issues diversity and toleration The main conclusion is that although there were clearly issues that Romans found strange about Jews there was a lot of toleration not least their dispensation from worshiping roman gods and no real reason for Jerusalem and the Jews to have special treatment The second section covers the destruction of Jerusalem and the following events The central thesis is that the destruction of the Temple was accidental but that then the new Roman Empire Vespasian who by co incidence was leading the Roman response to the Jewish revolt and his son Titus then felt they had to portray it as a deliberate act especially as Vespasian needed to establish his credentials as a military leader This in turn led to a policy of vilification of the Jews a policy continued by subseuent emperors who also had only the Jewish war as an association with military glory or who wanted to prove their descent from emperors who didThe last part of the book briefly covers the rise of the Church mainly put down to Constantine’s vision and conversion and the interaction of the Christians with the Jews who in fact kept their distance from the Jews which had the advantage of being distanced from their vilification but also the disadvantage of not getting their religious dispensation and a last chapter of anti Semitism Really outstanding account – superbly written and coming across as very well researched and argued