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Friday, June 11, 12-1
Two thousand years ago, 967 Jewish men, women, and children―the last holdouts of the revolt against Rome following the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple―reportedly took their own lives rather than surrender to the Roman army. This dramatic event, which took place on top of Masada, spawned a powerful story of Jewish resistance that came to symbolize the embattled modern State of Israel.
In her book on this subject, Dr. Jodi Magness, an archaeologist at UNC Chapel Hill who has excavated at Masada, explains what happened there, how we know it, and how recent developments might change understandings of the story. Incorporating the latest findings, she integrates literary and historical sources to show what life was like for Jews under Roman rule during an era that witnessed the reign of Herod and Jesus’s ministry and death.
MASADA From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth is available for sale on a variety of internet outlets. Our informal discussion group meets online via Zoom every Friday from 12 – 1. All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise. If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at email@example.com.
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