A history of the Jewish fortress of Masada, last stronghold of the Zealots who committed suicide rather than surrender to the Romans; and a description of the archaeological excavations of its ruins.
|Statement||Illustrated by S. Allan Sugarman|
|LC Classifications||DS110.M5 R6|
|The Physical Object|
|Number of Pages||38|
|LC Control Number||68021380|
The book is written from the perspective of the 17 year old son of the Jewish leader at Masada. His diary forms the main narrative for the two years of the siege. The author has also cleverly interwoven some narrative from the leader of the Roman army, which provides a good balance/5(30). Herod’s desert fortress on the mountaintop of Masada has been immortalized as an enduring symbol of Jewish pride and determination. Although the stronghold was built by the megalomaniac King Herod, it was made famous as the site of the last stand between the besieged Jewish rebels and the relentlessly advancing Romans in the First Jewish Revolt in 73/74 A.D. Sociologist Nachman Ben-Yehuda, who researched what he called “the Masada myth,” noted that in the s, when the Jewish community of prestate Israel was living under the threat of a possible invasion by Nazi Germany, the story of Masada had special relevance. “Look at the heroes of Masada,” he told his : Moshe Gilad. Masada is one of the most often visited spots in Israel. In fact, it’s an important place of pilgrimages, as it is considered part of a founding narrative of Israel. It’s known in Israel for the Jewish defiance and heroism. We know the history of the Siege of Masada thanks to Flavius Josephus. A Jewish scholar and a historian, the same one.
Masada: Herod, Heroes and Sacrifice By Madelon Maupin on October 1, in Old Testament, New Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Zealots Masada, the Hebrew word for “fortress,” is a perfect description of the Biblical site where Herod the Great had one of his summer palaces. Heroes or Traitors? While many still cling to the “Masada Myth,” other Israeli scholars regard Masada “as a cautionary tale of bloody-mixed extremism, which should be maintained on the margins of Jewish consciousness—if at all,” claimed the Jerusalem Post. Masada (Hebrew: מצדה metsada, "fortress") is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, akin to a is located on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea 20 km (12 mi) east of Arad.. Herod the Great built two palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. The siege of Masada was one of the final events in the First Jewish–Roman War, occurring from 73 to 74 CE on and around a large hilltop in current-day Israel.. The siege is known to history via a single source, Flavius Josephus, a Jewish rebel leader captured by the Romans, in whose service he became a ing to Josephus the long siege by the troops of the Roman Empire led to.
If Jews are heroes, conquering Romans are, too. The archaeological myth-buster portion of the book “Masada” is rather shorter than this reader would have wanted. Magness tantalizes with. out of 5 stars Heroes Live Forever. (one of the archeologists who has explored Masada) book Masada, Flavius Josephus The Jewish Wars, as well as trying to rent the ABC television series Masada, which starred Peter O Toole. The screenplay of the ABC television series was made using Masada or "the Antagonists," the novel by Reviews: Professor Nachman Ben-Yehuda, the author of The Masada Myth: Collective Memory and Mythmaking in Israel, published in , traced the development of the Masada mythology and the tailoring of. Scholar presents evidence that the heroes of the Jewish Great Revolt were not heroes at all. By Nachman Ben-Yehuda Department of Sociology and Anthropology Hebrew University, Jerusalem The expression "the Masada Myth" has become quite common among Israelis, and yet, the exact meaning of that expression is not entirely clear. In this short.