A History of New Testament Times in Palestine, 175 B.C.-70 A.D

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CHAPTER XV
THE FALL OF JUDEA AND THE RISE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1

WITH the death of Agrippa I there began a series of procurators who, with the exception of Fadus, were worthy representatives in Judea of emperors like Claudius and Nero in Rome. Yet under Fadus, Judaism seemed to enjoy nearly the same privileges as under Agrippa I, for although he attempted at first to control the vestments of the high priest,2 he readily allowed the matter to be adjudicated. During his administration, also, Queen Helena, of Adiabene, visited the city, sent it provisions in time of famine, and finally was buried just outside its walls.3 But under him began the succession of disturbances that led directly to the great outbreak in 66 A.D. The nation was filled with Messianic hopes and at one time a certain Theudas promised to divide the Jordan and to lead his followers across it to some unknown blessings. Fadus dispersed the crowd and beheaded Theudas, but brought no quiet to the country.4 Under Alexander, the next procurator, who, though a nephew

Judea under the procurators.

Messianic unrest.

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1
General References: Schürer, The Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ, Div. I. II. 166-191, 207-256; Graetz, History of the Jews, II. 234-323; Hausrath, New Testament Times, Pt. II. IV. 187-245; Ewald, History of Israel, VII. 412-426, 479, 616.
2
Ant. xx. 1 : 1.
3
Ant. xx. 2 : 1-5; 4 : 3.
4
Ant. xx. 5 : 1.

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