The Jewish Revolt Against Rome: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Mladen Popovi?
BRILL, 2011 - History - 472 pages
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The Jewish revolt against Rome in the first century C.E. provides ancient historians the opportunity to study one of the best-documented provincial revolts in the early Roman Empire. This volume brings together different disciplines, some for the first time. The contributors draw from a wide range of literary, archaeological, documentary, epigraphic and numismatic sources. The focus is on historiographical and methodological reflections on our sources, their nature and the sort of historical questions they allow us to answer. This volume combines fields of research that should not be pursued in isolation from each other if we wish to further our understanding of the Jewish revolt s historical context.
 

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Contents

History Sources and Perspectives
1
Provincial Revolts in the Early Roman Empire
27
Provokateure oder Vertreter der römischen Macht?
45
Identity Politics in Early Roman Galilee
69
Changing Expectations for the Eschatological War in the War Texts from Qumran
107
The Motivation of the Jewish Rebels
129
What is History? Using Josephus for the JudaeanRoman War
155
Prominent Motifs and Narrative Function
241
Some Notes on Josephus AJ 189
311
Who Were the Sicarii?
323
A Reconsideration of Josephus Testimony about Masada
343
Iconography Minting Authority Metallurgy
361
Identifying the Mints Minters and Meanings of the First Jewish Revolt Coins
373
The Epigraphic Record
399
Jewish Pagan and Christian Perspectives
419
Index of Modern Authors
451

Josephus the Herodians and the Jewish War
271
The Eve of Catastrophe in Changing Retrospect
291

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Mladen Popovi, Ph.D. (2006) in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Early Judaism and Director of the Qumran Institute at the University of Groningen. He is editor of the "Journal for the Study of Judaism" and of the journal "Dead Sea Discoveries." He is the author of "Reading the Human Body" (Brill, 2007) and the editor of "Authoritative Scriptures in Ancient Judaism" (Brill, 2010).

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