Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

Numismatics, rare coins, ancient coins, Judaism, Jewish, rebellion, Roman

Department

Religion

Major

Religion

Abstract

The First Jewish Revolt was a decisive event for the Jewish people which had ripple effects for Judaism all the way into modernity. However, the revolt was not as homogenous as it is often portrayed to be. Although Jerusalem, the focal point of the revolt, was rife with civil war and revolt against the Romans, other Jewish cities did not all share these sentiments. Notably, the city of Sepphoris is representative of a Jewish city that was loyal to their Roman overseers. This study focused on a bronze coin minted in Sepphoris during the Revolt and what the symbols and historical context illuminate about the city. Furthermore, this coin from Sepphoris was contrasted with a coin minted in Jerusalem by Jewish rebels to highlight the different messages each group aimed to relay.

Faculty Mentor

Ronald Cox

Funding Source or Research Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Presentation Session

Session C

Location

Plaza Classroom 188

Start Date

21-3-2014 3:45 PM

Included in

Religion Commons

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Mar 21st, 3:45 PM

Displaying Loyalty in the Midst of Rebellion: Jewish Loyalist Coins in the 1st Century

Plaza Classroom 188

The First Jewish Revolt was a decisive event for the Jewish people which had ripple effects for Judaism all the way into modernity. However, the revolt was not as homogenous as it is often portrayed to be. Although Jerusalem, the focal point of the revolt, was rife with civil war and revolt against the Romans, other Jewish cities did not all share these sentiments. Notably, the city of Sepphoris is representative of a Jewish city that was loyal to their Roman overseers. This study focused on a bronze coin minted in Sepphoris during the Revolt and what the symbols and historical context illuminate about the city. Furthermore, this coin from Sepphoris was contrasted with a coin minted in Jerusalem by Jewish rebels to highlight the different messages each group aimed to relay.