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Ancient Civilizations: Israel

Updated on July 2, 2012

Israel is one of the most ancient cultures in the world. Israel has been written about in numerous text describing the culture, traditions, and religious impact this country has had on the world. The ancient Judean culture dates back to the 9th century B.C. The Judean people were first considered nomads in the land making up people from a variety of backgrounds around the ancient world. Judea is located between the deserts of the Middle East and the Mediterranean Sea.

When they formulated a way to include a more sophisticated form of government they created one Judah. After some disagreements, the country split into two and became northern and southern Judea. In the earlier years of the Judean civilization, they were dominated by many other countries. The Babylonians, Assyrians, and Egyptians all raped and pillaged the land of its treasures time and time again. Finally after many sentimental years the first Judean kingdom was established in 164 B.C by Maccabeus. Maccabeus declared Jerusalem as its capital. They finally had an established kingdom which thrived for more than 100 years. After which the kingdom was under siege again by Pompeii.

Soon after Pompeii the roman’s emerged in the 1st century B.C, too again acquire control of these rich regions. After capturing Jerusalem, the Roman Empire made it a tribute to a recent king that was honored. They soon let the name remain Jerusalem, and it became part of the Roman Empire. Soon it would change names again under Queen Alexandra Salome. However, soon after her death her two sons fought for control of the crown. Based on this civil war between heirs the political power was passed to the family in client kings. The sons still considered the Judea region part of the Roman Empire and soon named it the Province of Ludaea.

The Provinces of Ludea were not there very long. The Judean people have a history of rebelling against its oppressors. So, once again the population spoke out and rebelled against the tyrants who occupied the lands of Jerusalem and Israel. However, the might of the Roman Empire was still at its strong point and in return, it crushed the rebellion in 66 AD. In 70 A.D the Romans again ravaged the caption of Jerusalem pillaging its treasures destroying its buildings, and enslaving the people that lived there.

The Romans were displeased with the constant rebellion of Israel and decided to try and eliminate the identity of Judea’s people. They renamed the country to Philistina. However, the Romans took many slaves back to Rome with them and continued to pillage the land. The Jewish people have hearts of grandeur and continued to resist under the oppressions for 100s of years up till modern times. It was not until 1045 that the kingdom of Israel was fully restored to its rightful place. However, they are still oppressed and attacked regularly by the enemies that surround them.

Much has been accomplished in bringing peace and stability to the region. However, there is much work that still needs to be accomplished. This will come in time as peace negotiations are continuing to be developed. Will there always be oppositions to Israel in the Middle East? Yes, two thousand years of history have told them that. However, they still remain strong in their faith and bring to the world one of the richest and oldest cultures to date.


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    breakfastpop 5 years ago

    Thanks for this interesting, informative and fascinating piece about Israel.

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    thatchjl 5 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

    This is a very interesting post, it shows the history without being boring