Crucifixion of the Jews: Book 1

Lead–in to “The Crucifixion”… Introduction

The introductory TimeLine [Lead-in #2] of this work, “Crucifixion,” commences 300 BCE, 23 years after the death of Alexander the Great, and 31 years after pivotal Battle of Gaugamela 331 BCE, which shifted the Near East, the Levant and Judea, among other regions, from
Persian dominance to Greek control….

In turn, in 63 BCE, Roman general and master geopolitical player Pompey, politically maneuvering eastward, absorbed what was left of the disintegrating Seleucid Empire, into a Roman province – incorporating Judea…

By the year 1 CE, Judean King Herod’s super–renovated and gold–leafed extraordinary Temple II glistened on its Jerusalem hilltop plateau, a Wonder of the Ancient World, visible and awe–inspiring from the approaches
to Jerusalem.

Hillel (110 BCE – 10 CE) the renowned Jewish sage, preached humanism and “love thy neighbor” as key Jewish tenets; his philosophical standard bearers, the Pharisees, would emerge as mainstream/normative Judaism.

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