In "Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations", Martin Goodman explores the history of a titanic struggle whose repercussions are still felt today. In 70CE, after four years of Jewish rebellion, Roman legions devastated the great city of Jerusalem. Sixty years later, its ruin was completed when Emperor Hadrian built a new city on top ...
In "Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations", Martin Goodman explores the history of a titanic struggle whose repercussions are still felt today. In 70CE, after four years of Jewish rebellion, Roman legions devastated the great city of Jerusalem. Sixty years later, its ruin was completed when Emperor Hadrian built a new city on top of it that Jews were forbidden even to enter. In this highly acclaimed book, Martin Goodman examines the background and course of this titanic conflict - from the political ambitions of Roman military leaders to the spread of Christian influence through the empire - and its lasting consequences. "In this remarkable book Martin Goodman casts a truly fresh eye over well-known figures and events". ("History Today"). "Important and powerfully expressed...The best available general account of a turning point not just in the history of the Roman Empire but also in the development of the modern West". (Simon Goldhill, "The Times Higher Education Supplement"). "Should be read by anyone seeking seriously to understand modern Middle Eastern tangles ...a lucid account of ancient tragedy". (Diarmaid MacCulloch, "Guardian"). "Splendid ...an important book, on a difficult subject : the reason why Romans sought to destroy the Jews and Judaism completely. Only one man would have written it". (Paul Johnson, "Tablet"). Martin Goodman has divided his intellectual life between the Roman and Jewish worlds. He has edited both the "Journal of Roman Studies" and the "Journal of Jewish Studies". He has taught Roman History at Birmingham and Oxford Universities, and is currently Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford.
I have read plenty of historical books on Rome and writer Martin Goodman has done an excellent job relating this Roman history towards its relationship with Judea and the Jewish nation. It's actually a page turner that maintains your interest on the subject as it relates quite thoroughly the clash between these two social groups and their respective religious believes leading into a new religion called Christianism. Would certainly recommend.
Feb 19, 2009
A detailed, readable exploration of how the similarities and differences of the cultures of Rome and Jerusalem in the 2 centuries leading up to the destruction of the Temple and in the centuries afterward, up to Constantine.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-08-27 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.
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