For the Freedom of Zion The Great Revolt of Jews against Romans, 66–74 CE Guy MacLean Rogers

Publication date:
22 Feb 2022
Yale University Press
728 pages: 235 x 156mm
28 b-w illus.
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A definitive account of the great revolt of Jews against Rome and the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple

This deeply researched and insightful book examines the causes, course, and historical significance of the Jews’ failed revolt against Rome from 66 to 74 CE, including the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple. Based on a comprehensive study of all the evidence and new statistical data, Guy Rogers argues that the Jewish rebels fought for their religious and political freedom and lost owing to military mistakes.
Rogers contends that while the Romans won the war, they lost the peace. When the Romans destroyed the Jerusalem Temple, they thought that they had defeated the God of Israel and eliminated Jews as a strategic threat to their rule. Instead, they ensured the Jews’ ultimate victory. After their defeat Jews turned to the written words of their God. Following those words led the Jews to recover their freedom in the promised land, and the war’s tragic outcome still shapes the worldview of billions of people today.

Guy MacLean Rogers is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Classics and History at Wellesley College. He lives in Litchfield County, CT.

“A sweeping and detailed account of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome. An important work.”—Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“An important and exciting book. Its substantial and detailed study adds greatly to our understanding of the dramatic and complex course of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome.”—Tessa Rajak, author of Josephus: The Historian and His Society