Rome and Jerusalem by Martin Goodman
The Clash of Ancient Civilizations

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A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem.

Martin Goodman—equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies—examines this conflict, its causes, and its consequences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness. He delineates the incompatibility between the cultural, political, and religious beliefs and practices of the two peoples and explains how Rome's interests were served by a policy of brutality against the Jews. At the same time, Christians began to distance themselves from their origins, becoming increasingly hostile toward Jews as Christian influence spread within the empire. This is the authoritative work of how these two great civilizations collided and how the reverberations are felt to this day.

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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. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2002 he edited the Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies, which was awarded a National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship. He lives with his family in Birmingham.
Published December 24, 2008 by Vintage. 641 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The first signs of trouble, writes Goodman, were mainly isolated skirmishes “largely internal to Jewish society rather than symptoms of widespread resentment to Roman rule.” After a series of venal Roman governors, the Captain of the Temple, Eleazar son of Ananias, persuaded his fellow priests in...

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Such entertaining pronouncements aside, Goodman's ancient Jews are short of self-deprecating Jewish jokes or of a positive interest in the joys of Jewish cuisine: those came from the much later ghettoisation of Jewish life under Christian pressure.

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London Review of Books

A Huntingtonian might argue that Rome and Persia clashed, but Jerusalem, Athens and Rome all inhabited the same, culturally diverse world.

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