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The Jewish-Christian's Move From Jerusalem As A Pragmatic Choice

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The theory of a Jewish-Christian surrender to the Roman forces during the spring of 68 C.E. allows us to draw several conclusions. First, it must be stated that the migration to Pella did not lead to the religious separation between the Jewish-Christians and their Jewish brethren as several scholars have proposed. Indeed, according to Josephus, many Jews surrendered to the Roman forces in the course of the war. Their desertion took place for different reasons, but it cannot be considered as an abandoning of their Jewish identity or of their religious beliefs. Furthermore, it should be remembered that Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai (RYbZ), in spite of his flight from Jerusalem during the siege, took over the leadership of Palestinian Judaism after the destruction of the Temple.

Keywords: Jerusalem; Jewish-Christians; Josephus; Judaism; Pella; Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai (RYbZ)

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