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Cessation of Sacrifice, 66 CE

In 66 C.E., a priest named Eleazar, incensed at Roman high-handedness, led a movement to stop offering the customary Temple sacrifices on behalf of the emperor. What happened next is known to us in considerable detail, thanks to the Jewish historian Josephus, who played a leading role in the ensuing Jewish War. When the Roman governor, Gessius Florus, tried to re-impose his authority, Jewish rebels massacred the Roman garrison, killing some 600 soldiers.

Kirsch, Adam, “Twin Peaks- A review of Rome and Jerusalem by Martin Goodman.” The New York Sun, October 24, 2007.

See also-

Josephus, War II, 405-48- The First Stage of the Revolt

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