By Samuel Rocca
the writer contends that Herod, notwithstanding a Jewish ruler, looked either Alexander the Great-the embodiment of the Hellenistic ruler-and Augustus as perfect types who have been worthwhile of imitation. those types of thought prompted the form of society in Herodian Judaea as an entire. in truth, Herod driven Judaea in the direction of significant Hellenization, albeit with many parts extra comparable to Rome. This pattern of Hellenization was once current good ahead of the Herodian interval yet intensified below Herod's rule. apparently one of many purposes for the intensification of this development was once King Herod's domination of Judaean society, which allowed him to dictate socio-cultural tendencies to a better volume than Augustus was once capable of do in Rome.
Samuel Rocca bargains with Herod because the head of Jewish society in Judaea, and consequently this learn is before everything a research of Herodian society. hence he analyzes the Herodian ideology of rule, the courtroom, the military, the management, the financial system, the ruling political our bodies, town as a microcosm, the faith, and the burial customs. This e-book anchors Herodian Judaea as firmly as attainable in the surrounding Mediterranean international and for that reason in the realities of Hellenistic Roman civilization which will higher comprehend its multi-faceted dimensions as a part of the encompassing modern global, and never easily as an entity belonging to a biblical - New testomony reality.
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