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The Ruling Class of Judaea: The Origins of the Jewish Revolt against Rome, A.D. 66-70 (Paperback)
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The Ruling Class of Judaea: The Origins of the Jewish Revolt against Rome, A.D. 66-70 (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 03/06/1993
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This book examines why in AD 66 a revolt against Rome broke out in Judaea. It attempts to explain both the rebellion itself and its temporary success by discussing the role of the Jewish ruling class in the sixty years preceding the war and within the independent state which lasted until the destruction of the Temple in AD 70. The author seeks to show that the ultimate cause of the Revolt was a misunderstanding by Rome of the status criteria of Jewish society. The importance of the subject lies both in the significance of the history of Judaea in this period for the development of Judaism and early Christianity and in the light shed on Roman methods of provincial administration in general by an understanding of why Rome was unable to control a society with cultural values so different from its own.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521447829
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 228 x 151 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a major contribution to the history of Roman Judaea.' Society for Old Testament Study
"This brief review cannot do justice to Goodman's substantive and provocative book. He has presented a plausible, well-argued, and significant contribution to the debate surrounding the reasons for the Jewish War. I heartily recommend it." Journal of Biblical Literature
"This is a well-written and persuasive book. Goodman reads Josephus with considerable political insight and a keen eye for detail. Re-read Josephus on the War; then read Goodman." The Expository Times
"This is one of those rare books from which one learns something new on almost every page. It goes without saying that it will be required reading for all students of Judaea in the intertestamentary period. It should also be on the desk of anyone with a serious interest in Roman provincial history and society." Journal of Jewish Studies

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