Masada reality check - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joe Zias
    • 10.07.07 | 13:31 (IDT)

    The author seems not to have read any of the critical scholarship of the last 30 years, showing that the mass suicide by the zealots is a but a literary invention. Moreover had he read the text by Josephus he would have seen that the zealots massacred 700 of their fellow citizens at Ein Gedi for not participating in the revolt. Lastly, remember when new recruits in the IDF took the vow that 'Masada shall never fall again' well once it was shown that it was not a glorious episode in the history of the Jewish people, it was quietly done away with. Archaeologically the site is impt as well as the museum but the mass suicide as depicted by Josephus, which the author portrays as historically impt. is pure fiction.

    from the article: A new museum confronts an old mystery at Masada
    First published 00:00 09.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 09.07.07
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