Destruction of the Second Temple: Lessons for Today's Leaders

17 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2015

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: August 11, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Destruction of the Second Temple: Lessons for Today's Leaders (August 11, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2642495 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2642495

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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