Item description for Jerusalem Against Rome (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture & Religion) (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion) by Mireille Hadas-Lebel & Robyn Frechet...
While conquering the world, Rome encountered a great number of peoples around the Mediterranean. We know very little about how these populations viewed their conquerors. The Jews were the only people to offer a comprehensive view of Rome over a great span of time. They expressed it in a rich corpus of Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic sources, reflecting the evolution of the relations between Jews and Romans: from alliance and friendship to tensions and revolt, culminating for the Jews in temporary compliance to foreign domination together with hopeful expectations for redemption. The image of Rome which emerges from apocryphal, Talmudic and Midrashic literature durably shaped the Jewish political, moral and eschatological vision of the world and history.
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Studio: Peeters Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.4" Weight: 2.15 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2006
Publisher Peeters Publishers
ISBN 9042916877 ISBN13 9789042916876
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Textual analysis of some oft-overlooked depictions of Roman-Jewish warfare Mar 25, 2009
I was aware of Dr. Hadas-lebel's excellent work on the Jewish revolts through her popular book on Josephus Flavius. This is a much more scholarly work, though well written. For the most part it combs through Jewish writings of the period embracing the three major Jewish revolts against Rome, 1st through 2nd centuries AD, to get the Jewish take on these events. Apart from Josephus' detailed (though suspiciously self-serving) diary of the First Revolt, there is very little on the Jewish side. Rome has been represented by the fragments from Tacitus, Cassius Dio, and the early Christian church prelates. Professor Hadas-lebel had to comb through some very dry and excruciatingly a-historical Jewish tractates on Torah interpretation (Midrash, Talmuds, etc.) to glean the ambiguous historical references. She has performed a valuable service. For my part, my eyes cross when I have to sift through all the tediously legalistic and sacerdotal blather contained in the Talmuds. She has had to apply some very creative, if at times a bit too trusting, interpretations of the Talmudic references to possible historical events. After all, the religious pedants writing the various tractates were really not much concerned with "history" as such and were thus often anachronistic in referring to historical events and persons. Also, they were fond of using allegory, so we can't even be certain that the people and events are real. I am glad that Ms. Hadas-lebel has performed this valuable service in wading through this dull material and mining it for whatever historical nuggets we can find on the "Jewish reaction" to Roman rule, mis-rule, and persecution.