Concordia Theological Monthly

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jews, rome, st. paul, persecution

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Some Jews came to Rome in 161 B. C., when Judas Maccabaeus sent them as ambassadors in order to get Rome to help him fight for Jewish freedom against Antiochus of Syria. The Roman senate granted Judas a treaty of mutual defense and friendship. Other embassies sailed (like Paul two centuries later) over the Mediterranean to Rome. When they came home, they must have told their friends that Rome was a good place to live and to do business; for before a hundred years had passed, we find rich and influential Jews living in Rome. When Pompey captured Jerusalem in 63 B. C., he brought Jewish prisoners back to Rome to march in triumph through its streets. Many prisoners were publicly sold in the markets as slaves, and we may guess that wealthy Jews bought some of their chained fellow Jews. Other Jewish slaves, always stubbornly loyal to their traditions, were troublesome for their Roman masters, and most of them were soon free again.


History of Christianity

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Acts 20:16; Romans 16:7; Mark 15:21; Acts 8:1, 4; Acts 11:19-21; Acts 10:1-2; Galatians 2:2; Romans 16:10-11; Acts 18:1-2; Acts 18:26; Acts 20:1; Romans 15:23;

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