Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Destruction of Herod's Temple by Titus in CE 70

Roman Triumphal arch panel copy from Beth Hate...
Spoil of Jerusalem temple
The destruction of Herod's Temple coincided with the rebellion in Judea, ruthlessly suppressed by Vespasian and his son Titus.

The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in CE 70 is commemorated in Rome on the Arch of Titus. Destruction of the Temple helped to end the Jewish rebellion against Rome that began in CE 66 and, according to some scholars, may have been prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24. The siege of Jerusalem was begun by Vespasian and completed by his son Titus. It represented the culmination of the rebellion in Judea, begun for a variety of reasons but attributed in large measure to Zealots and internal power struggles between competing social, religious, and political parties.

By Michael Streich
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