Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations - eBook  -     By: Martin Goodman
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Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations - eBook

Vintage / 2008 / ePub

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The Romans and the Jewish people were not so unlike each other. Why then, did their relationship degenerate so significantly, finally leading to the Jewish Revolts and the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD. This finely researched work looks at the similarities and differences between Rome and Jerusalem: their religions, politics, identities, perspectives, lifestyles, growth of the church and other cultural and regional are all explored in detail. A fascinating and often-overlooked topic, Rome and Jerusalem is an intriguing and eloquent read. 598 indexed pages, softcover.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Vintage
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9780307544360
ISBN-13: 9780307544360
Availability: In Stock

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The Jewish revolt against the Romans, ending with the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in A.D. 70, marked an irreparable breach between the pagan—and later Christian—worlds and an outcast Jewish minority. Yet the first two-thirds of this absorbing historical study explores the harmony of Roman and Judaic civilizations before the revolt. Goodman, a professor of Jewish studies at Oxford, finds many similarities in a far-ranging comparative analysis of their religions, cultures, economies and governments, though he gives more space to the worldly, extravagant Romans than to the relatively austere and parochial Jews. Before the revolt, he contends, Romans considered Jews unobjectionable, despite their eccentric monotheism; Jerusalem prospered under Roman rule and Jews living in diaspora were well integrated into Roman society. Goodman argues that the cataclysm could have been avoided (the burning of the Temple was accidental, he believes) but for the politics of the imperial succession, which prompted a needlessly hard line against the revolt and then Judaism itself. Drawing on Josephus's firsthand narrative, Goodman fleshes out his lucid account with archeology, numismatics and commentary from Roman and Jewish sources. The result is a scholarly tour de force, a resonant story of a tragic conflict caused by political miscalculation and opportunism. 16 pages of photos, 8 maps. (Oct. 28) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

“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


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