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The Siege of Jerusalem


In Luke 21 Jesus makes an oracle about the destruction of the temple and how the siege of Jerusalem is going to happen (as had happened before in the history of Jerusalem).

Jesus gives his disciples a warning that they will be persecuted during this siege of Jerusalem and to expect that to happen.

As Jesus predicted, it was the Romans who sieged Jerusalem in under a generation around 70 AD, razed the temple to the ground and, as Josephus tells us, massacred millions of those residing there during the destruction of the city.

Dr. Pitre discusses this historical reality as well as what it would have meant for a 1st century Jew when the temple was destroyed in this video.

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