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The Historical Backdrop of Ancient Judaism

Lecture no. 4 from the course: The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Historical Backdrop of Ancient Judaism

Taught by Professor Gary A. Rendsburg | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

Consider history prior to the scrolls, beginning with the biblical period and moving forward to focus on the Maccabean revolt, the arrival of the Romans, the reign of King Herod, the life of Jesus, the Zealot uprising, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the fall of Masada.


January 12, 2016
The Professor does a very good job of wrapping up 300+ years of Jewish history in one half hour lecture. Even if you aren't interested in the Dead Sea scrolls, you might want to watch this lecture just to get a feel for Jewish history around the time of The Christ. It covers the period from the end of the biblical era in the time of Alexander to the second Jewish revolt against Rome in roughly the mid 2nd century AD.