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Ruling Class of Judaea: The Origins of the Jewish Revolt Against Rome A.D. 66-70

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This examination of the background of the AD 66 Judaean revolt against Rome attempts to explain the rebellion as well as its temporary success by discussing the role of the Jewish ruling class sixty years preceding it and in the dependent state that lasted until AD 70.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 19th 1993 by Cambridge University Press (first published December 25th 1987)
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Timothy Smith
Oct 03, 2014 Timothy Smith rated it it was amazing
One of the more important books I have read this year on the context of the New Testament, on Josephus as a historical source, on Roman provincial administration, and of course the Jewish revolt. Goodman argues the revolt happened because the Romans entrusted power to the wealthy families in the province, but Jewish culture did not equate status with wealth but with birth and knowledge of Torah. When the wealthy we're not able to achieve status and power in the eyes of the populace they ultimate ...more
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Martin David Goodman is a historian and writer on Roman history and the history of the Jews in the Roman period.
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