Rome and Jerusalem
The Clash of Ancient CivilizationsBook - 2007
What brought about this extraordinary conflict, with its extraordinary consequences? Before 66 CE, the Romans had been generally tolerant of the Jews, as of other subject peoples within their vastly diverse empire. Goodman compares Roman and Jewish beliefs about history, the future and the gods, and attitudes to food, sex, politics and patronage, to explore whether there was anything innately incompatible between the two peoples.