Destruction of the Second Temple: Lessons for Today's Leaders
17 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 11, 2015
The rebellion of the Jews against Rome started in 66 C.E. and ended with the destruction of the Second Temple and Jerusalem in 70 C.E. The author provides several classic stories describing what the situation was like back then. One thing is apparent: the atmosphere that existed in ancient Judea, then a Roman province, was marked by discord, divisiveness, and corruption. Religious extremism destroyed the core values of Judaism. What enabled Judaism to survive was the ascendancy of the Hillel School which stressed peace, justice, and human dignity.
Keywords: Romans, Zealots, Sicarri, Hillel, Shammai, Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, Eliezer ben Hyrkanos, oven of Aknai, destruction of Second Temple.
JEL Classification: B11, Z12
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