Author: Amnon Ben-Tor
Publisher: Biblical Archaeology Society
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Masada in the Hasmonean period -- Masada in the Herodian period -- Building materials -- Ornamentation -- Construction at the time of the procurators and the Roman garrison -- Construction during the priod of the rebels -- The eastern gate -- Building 8 (the commandant's residence?) -- The storerooms -- The large bathhouse -- The approach to the northern palace -- The northern palace -- The water supply system -- The synagogue -- The casemate wall -- Building 9 (hostel?) -- Building 10 : the western palace -- The small palaces -- The layout of the palaces -- The phases of construction of Herodian Masada -- Pottery Written finds -- Coins -- Other finds -- The battle for Masada -- Masada in the Byzantine period -- Archaeology and the Masada myth.
Author: E. W. Bonadio
Release Date: 2008-09
For his entire life, professor Aaron Skorsky has searched for the truth. Finding it near the heights of Masada, he learns that the account of a mass suicide by 1000 Hebrew rebels may have been falsely reported. After 2000 years, an ancient alchemy used by the Romans against the rebel zealots lays unclaimed. Finding it is only half the problem and soon Skorsky finds that he must choose between revealing a threat to mankind or saving the life of someone dear to him. Caught in the middle of an Israeli plot and desperate measures by Arab terrorists who want to expose them, Skorsky has little choice but to bend to the higher power.
Author: Steven R. Jones
Release Date: 2002-06-01
The Nazis were taught that the Jews lacked the intelligence and the will to resist them. They believed that the sub humans they considered the Jews to be would simply die and leave Europe to the master race that they were creating. They were wrong!All over the occupied territories, and even in Germany itself, Jews rose in defiance, blocking the juggernaut of the SS and stemming the tide of murder and brutality. To the great surprise of many of the proponents of genocide, the Jewish resistance was fierce and costly. The armies of The Third Reich were powerful and mighty, but the resilience of the Jews was strong.People like Kovner, Anielewiscz, Wittenburg and others, led small bands of fighters against the German advance. In the forests and ghettos, from rooftops, cellars and sewers, these desperate people fought back, exacting a toll nowhere near that which had been claimed by the legions of das neuen Deutschland, but a toll nonetheless.
Author: Jodie Lane
Publisher: Jodie Lane
Release Date: 2015-12-05
A time-travel adventure novel that mixes historical & science fiction: Gwyn accidentally goes back in time to the famous Siege of Masada, where the Jewish defenders of the fortress are making their last stand against the Roman invaders. She must try return to her time before the siege reaches its bloody end, but is entangled in the plot of the owner of the time machine who is from the future.
Author: Jon Schiller
Release Date: 2009-02
Genre: Business & Economics
This options trading book tells the active options trader how he can generate steady weekly profits during unstable market conditions such as the US and World stock markets experienced during the Financial Collapse which began with the Recession of 2008. The strategy uses the recently introduced OEX Weekly Options to make money each week with small risk.
The discovery of an ancient scroll containing a previously unknown gospel that predates the four gospels of the New Testament sends Irish priest Michael Flannery on a quest to unravel the truth about the scroll and its mysterious symbols and texts, but there are dangerous enemies who will do anything to suppress the message of the scroll. Reprint.
Author: Lee Broad
Publisher: Lee Broad
Release Date: 2011-04-04
Genre: Middle East
Steve Barber, a seasoned Force Recon Marine, now a Defense Department black operations specialist, has been assigned to a critical intelligence mission in Israel. He teams up with Neena Shahud, a Mossad agent with attitude wreaking personal vegenance upon Hezbollah members, first to save her life and then to find out why the Middle East is about to explode and stop it. -- p. cover.
Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2011-10-04
The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel: “striking….Hoffman grounds her expansive, intricately woven, and deepest new novel in biblical history, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose” (Entertainment Weekly). Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.
Mania Salinger was born in Radom, Poland and enjoyed a childhood blessed with love, friends, and good luck until horrors unleashed by Nazi invasion changed her life forever. Many of her friends and family perished during the Holocaust, but Mania survived those horrific years working in multiple Nazi camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. Her optimistic spirit, shrewd instincts, and fierce determination to believe that life, and humanity, must prevail over evil helped her to endure.
Author: Nachman Ben-Yehuda
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Release Date: 1996-01-01
Genre: Social Science
In 73 A.D., legend has it, 960 Jewish rebels under siege in the ancient desert fortress of Masada committed suicide rather than surrender to a Roman legion. Recorded in only one historical source, the story of Masada was obscure for centuries. In The Masada Myth, Israeli sociologist Nachman Ben-Yehuda tracks the process by which Masada became an ideological symbol for the State of Israel, the dramatic subject of movies and miniseries, a shrine venerated by generations of Zionists and Israeli soldiers, and the most profitable tourist attraction in modern Israel. Ben-Yehuda describes how, after nearly 1800 years, the long, complex, and unsubstantiated narrative of Josephus Flavius was edited and augmented in the twentieth century to form a simple and powerful myth of heroism. He looks at the ways this new mythical narrative of Masada was created, promoted, and maintained by pre-state Jewish underground organizations, the Israeli army, archaeological teams, mass media, youth movements, textbooks, the tourist industry, and the arts. He discusses the various organizations and movements that created “the Masada experience” (usually a ritual trek through the Judean desert followed by a climb to the fortress and a dramatic reading of the Masada story), and how it changed over decades from a Zionist pilgrimage to a tourist destination. Placing the story in a larger historical, sociological, and psychological context, Ben-Yehuda draws upon theories of collective memory and mythmaking to analyze Masada’s crucial role in the nation-building process of modern Israel and the formation of a new Jewish identity. An expert on deviance and social control, Ben-Yehuda looks in particular at how and why a military failure and an enigmatic, troubling case of mass suicide (in conflict with Judaism’s teachings) were reconstructed and fabricated as a heroic tale.
Author: Gloria D. Miklowitz
Publisher: Eerdmans Young Readers
Release Date: 1999-08-13
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
As the Roman army marches inexorably across the Judean desert towards the fortress of Masada, Simon and his family and friends prepare, along with the rest of the Jewish Zealots, to fight and never surrender.
Author: Paul A Cohen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2014-05-13
When people experience a traumatic event, such as war or the threat of annihilation, they often turn to history for stories that promise a positive outcome to their suffering. During World War II, the French took comfort in the story of Joan of Arc and her heroic efforts to rid France of foreign occupation. To bring the Joan narrative more into line with current circumstances, popular retellings modified the original story so that what people believed took place in the past was often quite different from what actually occurred. Paul A. Cohen believes this interplay between story and history is a worldwide phenomenon found in countries of radically different cultural, religious, and social character. He focuses on Serbia, Israel, the Soviet Union, China, Great Britain, and France, all of which experienced severe crises in the twentieth century and, in response, appropriated age-old historical narratives that resonated with what was happening in the present to serve a unifying, restorative purpose. A central theme in the book is the distinction between popular memory and history. Although vitally important to historians, this distinction is routinely blurred in people's minds, and the historian's truth often cannot compete with the power of a compelling story from the past, even when it has been seriously distorted by myth or political manipulation. Cohen concludes by suggesting that the patterns of interaction he probes, given their near universality, may well be rooted in certain human propensities that transcend cultural difference.