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Bibil Identifier bibil:238125
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Temple Cult, Romanization, and the Rebels
Title (English, ) The Roman Setting for the Rebels’ Religious Ideology
Author Regev, Eyal
Journal Journal of Ancient Judaism (Volume: 5, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 40-60 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Reading Josephus between the lines reveals the rebels’ claim of Roman desecration of the Jewish religion, and specifically of the Jerusalem Temple cult, as well as the rebels’ actions during the Great Revolt to liberate the Temple. In the following article, the rebels’ ideology will be evaluated in light of the Romanization of the cult throughout the Empire, and of the politicization of the Jerusalem Temple in particular. It will be shown that, like other cult-based native revolts against Rome, the rebels were not primarily bothered by direct violations of the Jewish law, such as the alleged deification of the emperor; rather, their ire was directed toward the more implicit Roman intervention in the Temple cult. Finally, I will argue that for the rebels, the Roman governor Florus’ passive support for pagan violation of Jewish ritual rites in Caesarea as well as his plundering of the Temple treasury in 66 C. E., finally proved the last straw.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Josephus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion : Temple
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