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Second Jewish revolt – Jewish history

By |2017-08-25T10:13:15+00:00August 25th, 2017|History, West Asia|

The Roman emperor Hadrian, 117-138 AD (now in the British Museum) During the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the Jews once again tried to get free of Roman rule. But like the First Jewish Revolt, this revolt failed as well. In addition, Hadrian hated the Jews. Hadrian was really into anything Greek, including Greek religion. [...]

History of the Jews – West Asian religion

By |2018-04-08T01:10:57+00:00August 24th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|

The Pharaoh's daughter picks Moses up out of his basket (synagogue at Dura Europos, Syria, 200s AD) There are really three sets of articles here about the Jews and Judaism. First, there are the Bible stories. These articles tell the most important stories in simple words, using illustrations from the ancient and medieval [...]

Medieval Hanukkah – Jewish holidays

By |2017-08-24T11:55:10+00:00August 24th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Arch of Titus: Roman soldiers carry off the big menorah from the Second Temple in Jerusalem (70 AD, but the arch was built in the 80s AD) In 70 AD, after the First Jewish Revolt, the Roman emperor Titus destroyed the Second Temple. Titus plundered the menorah along with other treasures from the Temple. He brought it back to [...]

Roman Christians persecute the Jews

By |2017-08-23T17:52:47+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

A Jewish tombstone from the Roman Empire with Greek writing and menorahs (Vatican Museum, Rome) From the end of the Second Jewish Revolt and the Diaspora, around 130 AD, the Jews lived more or less quietly in the Roman Empire. They settled in cities all around the Roman and the Parthian Empires. Many Jews also moved to the trading cities of the Arabian [...]