In a gripping account of the famous Battle of Masada, Robert G. Makin skillfully recaptures the blood and gore as well as the spiritual essence of this historic struggle for freedom and independence.
Makin’s book, Return to Masada, is interwoven with action-packed visuals you will never forget.
It is a story that cries out to the soul for understanding of unmitigated suffering and sacrifice for the sake of a Destiny that supercedes all earthly combats.
Makin leaps across the centuries of repetitive battles with the incarnate Self in order to probe at the deeper meaning of human existence.
Robert Makin is a prolific writer and researcher of ancient history.
At the Lancaster Theological Seminary of the United Church of Christ, he acquired a background in what the Pennsylvania Reformed Churches call Mercersburg Theology.
His fascination with Christian and Jewish mysticism led him to explore the Qumran Essenes independently and then in association with Free Masonry.More information about the Battle of Masada:
Extracted from an article, "The Masada Siege—From the Roman Viewpoint," by By Gwyn Davies...
The Romans waged both literal and psychological warfare on the Jewish rebels in the siege of Masada. Evidence of the large-scale siege works, including the great assault ramp on the western slope of the cliff of Masada, reflects this strategy. Photo: Werner Braun.
Masada—for many, the name evokes the image of a cliff rising dramatically above an austere desert landscape. The name is famously associated with the Masada siege, the final stand between the Jewish rebels and the relentless Roman army at the end of the First Jewish Revolt in 73/74 C.E. Trapped in the desert fortress-palace Herod built in the previous century, the rebels chose—as Jewish historian Josephus tells us—to commit mass suicide rather than be captured and enslaved by the Romans.
This final scene in the siege of Masada has been celebrated and immortalized as an act of heroic resistance on the part of the Jewish rebels. But what do we know about the Roman siege itself? In “The Masada Siege—From the Roman Viewpoint” in the July/August 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Gwyn Davies examines the assault from the Roman perspective.
After the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E., the Romans turned their attention to stamping out the last of the rebels holding out at the fortresses of Herodium and Machaerus as well as in the “Forest of Jardes” (which has not yet been identified). The last remaining site occupied by the Jewish rebels was at Herod’s desert fortress-palace on the cliff-top of Masada.
Led by Roman general Flavius Silva, the Legio X Fretensis—a veteran military unit—began the siege operation against the rebels in 72 or 73 C.E.
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