Saturday, December 26, 2015

The aftermath of 4 BCE

PHILIP JENKINS: After the Crisis (The Anxious Bench).
I have sketched the political and social meltdown that Palestine suffered in the terrible year of 4 BC. Wars and insurrections were by no means unusual anywhere in the ancient world, and Palestine was no exception. But this particular crisis was unusual in its severity, and several features make it worthy of special notice, especially for anyone interested in Christian origins.

Background here.