Between Rome and Jerusalem: 300 Years of Roman-Judaean Relations (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2001 - History - 201 pages
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Sicker sheds new light on the political circumstances surrounding the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity. He places the 300-year history of Judaea from the Hasmoneans to Bar Kokhba, 167 B.C.E.-135 C.E. in the context of Roman history and Judaea's geostrategic role in Rome's geopolitics in the Middle East.

However, because of the unique character of its religion and culture, which bred an intense nationalism unknown elsewhere in the ancient world, Judaea turned out to be a weak link holding the Roman Empire in the east together. As such, it became a factor of some importance in the protracted struggle of Rome and Parthia for hegemony in southwest Asia. Judaea thus took on a political and strategic significance that was grossly disproportionate to its size and made its subjugation and domination an imperative of Roman foreign policy for two centuries, from Pompeius to Hadrian. In effect, the history of the period may be viewed as the story of the conflict between Roman imperialism and Judaean nationalism. A fresh look at ancient Middle Eastern and Roman history that will be invaluable for students and scholars of ancient history, post-biblical Jewish history and of Christian origins.

  

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Contents

The Historical Background
1
The Hasmonean Revolt
15
A Jewish State Is Born
23
Pharisees and Sadducees
31
The Era of Jannaeus and Alexandra
37
The Succession Crisis and Roman Intervention
43
The Rise of the Antipatrids
53
The Era of Julius Caesar
57
Judaea Becomes a Roman Province
115
Pontius Pilate Procurator of Judaea
121
The Era of Agrippa I
127
Prelude to the Great Revolt
135
The Great Revolt Erupts
147
The Fall of Jerusalem
157
Aftermath of the Destruction
167
Hadrian and the Last Revolt
179

Herod and Marcus Antonius
65
The Reign of Herod the Great
77
Herod and Augustus Caesar
89
The Herodians
103
Afterword
187
Bibliography
191
Index
195
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MARTIN SICKER is a private consultant and lecturer who has written extensively in the fields of political science and international affairs, with a special focus on geopolitics and the history of the Middle East.

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