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The Importance Of Jerusalem As Viewed

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For the Jews in antiquity, there could be no other capital than Jerusalem, the seat of the Temple, the religious focus of Jews throughout the world and the one to which they contributed each year and which they visited during the three pilgrimage festivals. In fact, a large portion of Josephus' account of the war of the Jews against the Romans is given to an extremely detailed description of the city of Jerusalem. It should not surprise to discover that Jerusalem was central in Josephus' thought. Josephus' chief attachment to Jerusalem was through his being a priest, of which he is so proud that he mentions it at the very beginning of his autobiography. That Josephus viewed the Babylonian exile as a punishment may, it would seem, be deduced from his speech to his fellow-countrymcn urging them to surrender to the Romans.

Keywords: Jerusalem; Jews; Josephus



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