It’s a war that goes by many names: The First Jewish-Roman War, The Great Revolt, The Jewish War; but whatever name you prefer, The Great Revolt was a war that influences untold millions today. The Revolt directly altered the entire calendar of the Western World – moving the sacred day of rest (and your primary day off from work) from Saturday to Sunday. It influences millions of Christians today who either see it as a direct fulfillment of a key prophecy of Jesus Christ or argue against the position that the war is a fulfillment of divine revelation. Regardless of their positions, Christian scholars pour over this war the way bankers calculate changing interest rates: zealous devotion. Moreover, this war has directly impacted the English language – forcing diligent students in Korea and China to look up the etymology of words like zealous and zealot. Here is a war that is more than battles and blood, a horrible tale of whole cities reduced to sex slavery and death; this is a war that fundamentally altered Judaism – changing it from a religion of the temple to a religion of the synagogue.
And how many of you know anything about it? What a fine education we give our children in the Western World. We speak a language whose foundations are lost. We take days off and don’t know why. Here is the story of prophecy, pain, and forced prostitution: The Great Revolt.
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The Jewish War by Josephus
The Antiquities of the Jews by Josephus
The History of the Jews in the Greco-Roman World by Peter Schafer
Jews in the Greco-Roman World by Martin Goodman
The First Jewish Revolt: Archaeology, History and Ideology by Andrea Berlin and J. Andrew Overman
The Histories by Tacitus
A History of the Jewish War: A.D. 66–74 by Steve Mason
Rome and Jerusalem by Martin Goodman
The Jewish Revolt AD 66–74 by Si Shepperd
Between Rome and Jerusalem: 300 years of Roman-Judean Relations by Martin Sicker
Jewish Reactions to the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by Kenneth Jones
Jerusalem’s traitor: Josephus, Masada, and the fall of Judea by Desmond Seward
City of Ruins by Derek Daschke
Great World Religions: Judaism. 12-part video series by Isaiah Gafni
A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson
A History of the Jewish People by Haim Hillel Ben-Sasson et al.