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Title: The Jews Under Roman Rule
Author: Smallwood, E Mary
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1981
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004064034
Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 595
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It is remarkable that Judaism could develop given the domination by Rome in Palestine over the centuries. Smallwood traces Judaism's constantly shifting political, religious, and geographical boundaries under Roman rule from Pompey to Diocletian, that is, from the first century B.C.E. through the third century C.E.. From a long-standing nationalistic tradition that was a tolerated sect under a pagan ruler, Judaism becomes, over time, a threat that needs to be repressed and confined against a now-Christian empire. This work examines the galvanizing forces that shaped and defined Judaism as we have come to know it.