Caesar vs Pompey: Clash of the Deadly Rivals

The Roman army ransacked the sacred temple of Jerusalem. Credits: Wikipedia

The Roman army ransacked the sacred temple of Jerusalem. Credits: Wikipedia

Pompey Conquered Jerusalem

During his campaigns in the Middle East, Pompey encountered the Jewish people living under the rule of the Hasmonean Dynasty. During the siege of Jerusalem, Pompey destroyed the city and badly damaged a temple.

Realizing they had been defeated, the Jewish people had to accept the terms of Rome, which resulted in Jerusalem becoming a province of the Roman Empire in 64 BC. When Pompey conquered Jerusalem, he allegedly had entered into the temple to inspect and evaluate the religious items.

The interesting thing is that Pompey could not understand how a people can be monotheistic, i.e. worship just one God. Though puzzled, he ordered the city and the temple to be restored.

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