From Ruined to Realized Hope (Holy Land Blog 6)

Posted December 5, 2017 9:33 pm by Archbishop Richard W. Smith

From Ruined to Realized Hope (Holy Land Blog 6)

Our day began at the mountaintop fortress of Masada, or, to be more precise, at what is left of it. Herod the Great had built a palace and fortress for himself on this site between 37 and 31 BC. It is perhaps most famous as the place to which Jews sought refuge from the Romans, who laid Jerusalem waste in the year 70 AD after the rebellion of the people a few years prior. When the Roman legions caught up to them at Masada, laid siege and began to breach the defenses, the Jews there chose suicide over slavery.It is

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