An Analysis of the Events that Occurred at Mt. Masada
An attempt to piece together the facts about events at Mt. Masada, with a look at the points of contention by archaeologists.
# 1120 | 3,342 words | 12 sources | 2001 |
Published on Aug 23, 2001 in Archaeology (Biblical) , History (Greek and Roman) , History (Middle Eastern) , History (Religion) , History (General) , Archaeology (General)
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From the Paper:"During the winter of 1963-1964, world renound archaeologist, Yigael Yadin, led an excavation of Mt. Masada. In a research paper, published at Hebrew University, by Hershel Shanks, one of the archaeologist at Masada, three questions are asked that may discredit the events at Mt. Masada: 1) If the Jews did commit suicide, then where are their bodies?, 2) If Titus was a by the book general, then why did the Romans not storm the fort upon breaking through the wall?, 3) If Flavius Josephus was not present to witness the events, then how can we trust his account? These questions are hard to answer, because the only sources that we have are the writings of Josephus and the results of the excavations at Masada. To analyze the events of Masada we have no choice, but to use some speculation to bring all of the information together for a reasonable conclusion."
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