Discipline: Humanities

Topic: History of the Jewish People


Jewish History during the Second Temple: Judea and Rome


The history of the Jewish people under Roman rule was replete with struggles and revolts which brought about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple (70 AD) ending with the crushing of the Bar Kokhba revolt (135 AD). In the process of recovering from this revolt, a new Jewish leadership was formed in the land of Israel. The culmination of this process was the period of Rabbi Judah the Patriarch.


This 5-volume series, written by experts in the field, describes the central events and processes in the history of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel and in the Diaspora under Roman rule (63 BCE - 220 AD).

Volume 1 (1998, 288 pp., cat. # 10212-1)

Part 1: Decline of the Hasmonean State and the Rise of the House of Antipater (Israel Ronen)

Part 2: Herods rule (Uriel Rappaport)

Part 3: Architecture in the land of Israel in the period of Herod (Arthur Segal)

Volume 2 (1998, 184 pp., cat. # 10212-2)

Part 1: Herod's successors and Roman governors (Lea Roth-Gerson)

Part 2: Judea on the eve of revolt (Uriel Rappaport)

Volume 3 (1998, 216 pp., cat. # 10212-3)

Part 1: The Great Revolt (Uriel Rappaport)

Part 2: Judea between Vespasian and Hadrian (Menachem Mor)

Volume 4 (1999, 144 pp., cat. # 10212-4)

Part 1: The Jewish Diaspora in the Hellenistic-Roman world (Aya Barsky-Elishav)

Part 2: The Jewish revolt in the Diaspora (Lea Roth-Gerson)

Volume 5 (1999, 224 pp., cat. # 10212-5)

Part 1: The Bar Kokhba revolt (Menachem Mor)

Part 2: From Judea to the Galilee (Rivka Nir)

Part 3: Rabbi Judah the Patriarch (Israel Ronen)

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