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The Collapse of Great Empires: Lessons for Today from the Destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple

The Collapse of Great Empires: Lessons for Today from the Destruction of Jerusalem and the Second... The Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 CE, with a large part of the Jewish population either being killed, sent into exile, or sold into slavery. The Sages of the Talmud and Midrash attempted to answer the question as to why Jerusalem and the Temple were demolished. This paper will examine reasons for this and see what lessons may be learned. One major takeaway is that baseless hatred and corruption can lead to internecine warfare and even the collapse of a superpower. Keywords: Second Temple; Destruction of Jerusalem; Talmud; Zealots; Sicarii; baseless hatred; corruption; price gouging; Edelman Trust Barometer http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Contemporary Philosophy Addleton Academic Publishers

The Collapse of Great Empires: Lessons for Today from the Destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple

Review of Contemporary Philosophy , Volume 20 (1): 18 – Jan 1, 2021

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Abstract

The Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 CE, with a large part of the Jewish population either being killed, sent into exile, or sold into slavery. The Sages of the Talmud and Midrash attempted to answer the question as to why Jerusalem and the Temple were demolished. This paper will examine reasons for this and see what lessons may be learned. One major takeaway is that baseless hatred and corruption can lead to internecine warfare and even the collapse of a superpower. Keywords: Second Temple; Destruction of Jerusalem; Talmud; Zealots; Sicarii; baseless hatred; corruption; price gouging; Edelman Trust Barometer

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Review of Contemporary PhilosophyAddleton Academic Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2021

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