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Uriel Rappaport
, Josephus Flavius: Historian of Eretz-Israel in the
Hellenistic-Roman Period
(Hebrew, Jerusalem, 1982).
The Bar-Kokhba rebellion has been the subject of much inter­
est and has even served as grist for the mill of contemporary polit­
ical polemics. Increased interest was sparked by the discovery of
Bar-Kokhba letters and the caves that served to hide the rebels. A
new collection of studies is: Aharon Oppenheimer, Uriel Rappa­
port (eds.),
The Bar-Kokhba Revolt: A New Approach
Jerusalem, 1984). An earlier collection on the revolt was edited by
Aharon Oppenheimer (Hebrew, Jerusalem, 1980).
A later period is surveyed in the collection of articles: Zvi Baras,
Shmuel Safra, Menahem Stern, Yoram Tsafrir (eds.),
From the Destruction of the Second Temple to the Muslim Conquest,
1: Political, Social and Cultural History (Hebrew, Jerusalem,
1982). A comprehensive and detailed account is offered by
Yoram Tsafrir in vol. 2,
Archaeology and Art
(Hebrew, Jerusalem,
1984), which describes the material culture during this period on
the basis of archaeological discoveries.
To the classic work of Michael Avi-Yonah,
In the Days of Rome
and Byzantium
(Hebrew, Jerusalem, 1970), there has now been
added the late Yaron Dan’s
The City in Eretz-Israel During the Late
Roman-Byzantine Period
(Hebrew, Jerusalem, 1984). The young
author of this work passed away during the time of publication.
The relations between Jews and Greek Orthodox Christians are
dealt with in a number of chapters of Zvi Ankori’s
Jews and Chris­
tian Greeks in Their Reaction Through the Ages
(Hebrew, Tel-Aviv,
Reference has already been made to Joshua Prawer who gave
us a ground-breaking two-volume study entitled,
A History of the
Latin Kingdom ofJerusalem
(Hebrew, Jerusalem, 1963). He aug­
mented this work in his book,
The Crusades: A Colonial Society
(Hebrew, 1975), which sheds much light on the history of the
time and the relations between clashing cultures.
The Muslim period, whose documents have been studied by
Shlomo Dov Goitein8and Jacob Mann, has now received detailed
8 See his collection o f Hebrew studies,
TheJewish Settlement in Eretz-Israel During
the Rise of Islam and the Revival of the Crusades
(Jerusalem, 1980). Valuable also
are Michael Assafs pioneering studies, including his
History of the Arabs in
(Hebrew, Tel-Aviv, 2 vols., 1935; 1941).