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What caused the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD?

Discussion in 'Seventh-day Adventist Church DIR' started by reddogs, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. reddogs

    reddogs Active Member

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    Here is something I came across...

    "Two types of forces drove the start of the revolution: the practical and the religious. As described in the Causes of the War, the lack of a strong central authority in Rome under the incompetent Nero left Judaean society exposed to many dangers: crime and terrorism, exploitation by corrupt governors, and anti-Jewish violence in the surrounding multicultural cities.

    In this environment, some of the wealthy and powerful of Jerusalem, particularly the younger generation, felt the situation required they take governance into their own hands, while the rest of the aristocracy preferred to maintain the status quo.
    The same weakness of the central government was felt across the Roman Empire, causing several provinces to revolt. But Judaea also had another factor: the belief that there was a religious duty, indeed a destiny, to overthrow the occupying government and assist a king anointed by Heaven -- a Messiah -- in renewing a pious Jewish state.

    This belief had been a cause of sporadic insurgency among the lower classes beginning with Judas the Galilean at the time of the registration of Quirinius in 6 CE. Descendants of this same founder took part in the opening phase of the revolution, one of whom, Menahem, took the role of the Messiah for himself."...http://www.josephus.org/warChronology1.htm#factions
     
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    That's a lot of hogwash. The Jews hated the Roman occupation..

    Herod's building projects had come to an end and there was unemployment.. The Jews themselves were deeply divided and fighting with each other and the Romans. Jesus tried to head it off with his Sermon on the Mount to teach them non-violent resistance. The Pharisees, and Saducees, Herodians, Zealots, Sicarri and Essenes were tearing at each other.. Actually, the Essenes had just retired to the desert around the Dead Sea which was a desolate, forbidding, harsh place.

    Civil war was inevitable. Josephus worked for the Romans and wanted to stay in their good graces.. He would NOT have blamed it on the abuses of the Roman occupation.. naturally he blamed it on the lawlessness of outsiders.
     
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    I guess you missed the part on their making themselves into the Messiah....
     
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    Who made themselves into the Messiah? Can you be specific?
     
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    "One of whom, Menahem, took the role of the Messiah for himself."...
     
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