a GUEST POST from Mr. Cohen
My intention was to refute Muslim propagandists who falsely claim that there was never a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Now I present four quotes from Josephus, another ancient Roman historian who mentioned at least four times that the Temple of the Jews was in Jerusalem:
“At this point Crassus arrived to take over the governorship of Syria.
For the campaign against the Parthians he removed all the gold from the Sanctuary in Jerusalem…”
“Gaius Caesar’s accession to power so completely turned his head that he wished to be thought of and addressed as a god, stripped his country of its noblest men, and proceeded to lay sacrilegious hands on Judea. He ordered Petronius to march with an army to Jerusalem and erect his statues in the Temple: if the Jews refused them, he was to execute the objectors and enslave all the rest of the population.”
“…Cumanus, whose governorship was marked by disturbances and further disaster to the Jews.
The people had assembled in Jerusalem for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Roman cohort stood on guard over the Temple colonnade, armed men always being on duty at the feasts to forestall any rioting by the vast crowds.”
“… the Jerusalem magistrates, rushing out clad in sackcloth and with ashes poured on their heads, besought them to return and not to provoke the Romans to attack Jerusalem by reprisals on the Samaritans: they must spare their country and their Sanctuary, and their own wives and children…”
Cornelius Tacticus, the famous Roman historian who lived
from year 56 CE (approximately) to year 120 CE said:
Their capital is Jerusalem.
Here stood their Temple with its boundless riches.”
“The Romans took over Judea in [year] 63 BC [Before the Common Era].”
SOURCE: The Fall of the Roman Empire (chapter 1, page 21)
by Rita J. Markel, year 2008, Twenty-First Century Books,
ISBN: 0822559196 ISBN: 9780822559191
CONCLUSION: The Bible and Tacticus and Josephus all say that the Jewish Temple was in Jerusalem. People who claim that there was never a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem are LIARS!
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