I enjoyed Killing Lincoln and Killing JFK, but this was by far the best one. I read parts of it with trepidation. Being Jewish, you wonder what Anti-Semites will interpret and bring out. I was glad they made it clear, the majority of Jews then lived in poverty and had to be careful of the priesthood in Jerusalem, never mind the Roman occupiers. To paraphrase the policeman’s lament in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, “A Jews’ lot is not a happy one.”
You have to avoid being accused of blasphemy and being stoned to death and avoid coming to the Romans’ attention.
As Monty Python’s Life of Brian showed, the place was full of different sects. The parody they did, really showed how divided Israel was. The real life groups were Saducees, Pharisees, Essenes, and Zealots. The temple priests in Jerusalem got rich from money changing and animal sacrifices. It was a racket. As Jews, do we really REALLY want the temple rebuilt in that fashion? American style check and balances would come in quite handy, that’s for sure.
Jesus thought he was the son of God. Made me wonder if he had a death wish. Makes you realize how the history played out and eventually the Romans tired of us and scattered us.
An interesting look into a scary time. What did the Romans ever do for us?!