Monday, April 26, 2021

Sources for the Bar Kokhba Revolt

HISTORY: Who were the historians who documented the Jewish revolts? Writing almost a century after the Bar Kochba revolt, Cassius Dio’s account of the revolt indicates that the Jewish forces arrayed against Rome were formidable (Eli Kavon, Jerusalem Post).

Despite the title, the article is more concerned with the second Jewish Revolt (the Bar Kokhba Revolt) against Rome than the first (the Great Revolt). It has a good summary of the evidence found in the archaeologically recovered Bar Kokhba letters.

For many PaleoJudaica posts on the Bar Kokhba Revolt of 132-135 CE, see the posts collected here, plus here, here, and here.

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