lecture 21


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HANDOUT FOR LECTURE ON THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE REVOLTS, THE DIASPORA REVOLT, AND THE BAR KOKHBA REVOLT Judean life following the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. is far less documented than for the preceding period. Our sources of information consist of incidental references in classical authors and rabbinic literature, occasional inscriptions, coins, and archaeological evidence. Two apocalypses that were written after 70 (perhaps around 100 C.E.) are 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch (this is also about the time that the Apocalypse of John was written). Both of these books purport to be written by the biblical characters for whom they are named, and both give as their setting the aftermath of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the First Temple. However, it is clear that they are responding to the disaster of 70 and raising questions about it. The Romans made two major and immediate administrative changes in Judea after 70: 1) The province was made independent of Syria and placed under an imperial senatorial legate of
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2012 for the course RELI 106 taught by Professor Magness during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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