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Judea under Roman Domination: The First Generation of Statelessness and Its Legacy
Nadav Sharon
EJL 46
Publication Date
October 2017


Investigate a relatively neglected but momentous period in Judean history

Nadav Sharon closely examines a critical period in Judean history, which saw the end of the Hasmonean dynasty and the beginning of Roman domination of Judea leading up to the kingship of Herod (67–37 BCE). In this period renowned Roman figures such as Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar, Gaius Cassius (a conspirator against Caesar), and Mark Anthony, led the Roman Republic on the eve of its transformation into an Empire, each having his own dealings with—and holding sway over—Judea at different times. This volume explores the impact of the Roman conquest on the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, enhances the understanding of later Judean-Roman relations and the roots of the Great Revolt, and examines how this early period of Roman domination had on impact on later developments in Judean society and religion.


  • Part one dedicating to reconstructing Judean history from the death of Alexander to the reign of King Herod
  • Part two examining the effects of Roman domination on Judean society
  • Maps, illustrations, and appendices

Nadav Sharon has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Haifa (2013–14), at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Jewish Studies (2014–15), and has been a Harry Starr fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University (2015–16). Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published papers focusing on Josephus, Jewish-Roman relations, the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

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