Jewish Reactions to the Destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70

Apocalypses and Related Pseudepigrapha


Author: Ken Jones
The Roman destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 was a watershed event in the religious, political, and social life of first-century Jews. This book explores the reaction to this event found in Jewish apocalypses and related literature preserved among the Pseudepigrapha (4 Ezra, 2 Baruch, 3 Baruch, 4 Baruch, Sibylline Oracles 4 and 5, and the Apocalypse of Abraham). While keeping the historical context of their composition in mind, the author analyzes the texts with a view to answering the following questions: What do these texts tell us about Jewish attitudes toward the Roman Empire? How did Jews understand the situation in post-70 Judea through the lens of Israel’s past, especially the Babylonian sack of Jerusalem in 587 B.C.?

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Kenneth R. Jones, Ph.D. (2006) in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California at Berkeley, is Assistant Professor of History and Classics at Baylor University.
All those interested in Second Temple Judaism, Roman imperial history, the Roman Empire and its provinces, Roman Judea, the Pseudepigrapha, apocalyptic, and imperial studies more generally.