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: 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: 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: 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.
In the great tradition of novels like The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas and, more recently, Christ the Lord by Anne Rice and Stone Tables by Orson Scott Card, The Masada Scroll is bold and reverent, with deep and important meaning for today's world. At the heart of this timely novel is the discovery of a previously unknown gospel that predates the four gospels of the New Testament. The scroll introduces a mysterious symbol that combines the Star of David, the Cross of Christianity and the Crescent and Star of Islam. None of these symbols existed at the time the Gospel was written, adding to the mystery that Michael Flannery, an Irish priest, must unravel. Flannery discovers that the symbol represents the Trevia Dei, or Three Paths to God. At the heart of Jesus' message is the unity of the paths that lead to God. The true meaning of Trevia Dei has become perverted over the centuries, turning the message of unity into a single path to salvation. But there are those who do not want the message of this wonderful book of light and love brought to our troubled world, who have chosen to separate rather than unite God's children. The Masada Scroll is the story of the new Apostles who struggle to bring the simple message of Jesus back into a world desperate for joy. The Masada Scroll is a tale of the timeless quest for spiritual truth and redemption. It is a story that will change the way you look at the world...and your own heart. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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: Lee Broad
Publisher: Lee Broad
Release Date: 2011-04-04
The year is 2014. Iran has nuclear weapons and has annexed Iraq. Hezbollah won the most recent election and now controls Lebanon, while Hamas remains in command of Gaza. In 2012, NATO, absent the strong leadership of America, abandoned Afghanistan, which has fallen to the Taliban. Strongman regimes have fallen in Egypt and elsewhere, leaving the door open to the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist groups. Israel is surrounded by fanatical Islamist regimes armed with weapons of mass destruction, and the Iranian ayatollahs want to buy $100 billion in refineries in Europe and America. Yet the Middle East is strangely quiet. It will prove to be the calm before a storm of historic proportions.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 vengeance upon Hezbollah members, first to save her life and then to find out why the Middle East is about to explode and stop it. By the time Steve and Neena have figured it out, it may be too late. If Masada, a fortified hill dating to biblical times and the object of an oath taken by Israel's elite combat troops, is not to fall to enemies a second time, what will be the price? Who will pay it?
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.
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.
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.
Masada Revisited II gives a different view of what happened at Masada in 73ce when the Jewish defenders, according to the only historical account as given by Josephus in his book “The Jewish War”, committed mass suicide. Many Jewish people are disconcerted by this version of the story. Since Josephus wrote under the constraint of trying to please his Roman sponsors, his accuracy is suspect. The version given in this play is hopefully more palatable.
The ancient Romans asked the question: "Who will watch the watchers?"In our own age as we face the scourge of global terrorism, we must also ask a further question: "Who will turn the tides?" Each of us can play a role in answering both of those questions. The manner in which we answer them, the forms of our responses, the challenge of maintaining our humanity in the face of inhumanity, will determine the quality of our lives, and the fate of future generations as well. This book is dedicated to believing in a future which we can reach, and to reaching a future in which we can believe through the storyline of an everyday American, Eugene, who happened to participate in some extraordinary circumstances. Culminating in the development of the SCOPE and CENTURION programs, this novel is a must read for all those interested in watching the watchers and turning the tides against the forces of chaos and destruction.