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Chapter 9 - “Will This One Never Be Brought Down?”

Jewish Hopes for the Downfall of the Roman Empire

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 September 2020

Jonathan J. Price
Affiliation:
Tel-Aviv University
Katell Berthelot
Affiliation:
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
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R. Nachman opened [his homily, with the verse]: “therefore fear not, O Jacob my servant, says the Lord, neither be dismayed, O Israel; for I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. And Jacob shall again be quiet and at ease, and none shall make him afraid” (Jer. 30:10). This speaks of Jacob himself, [for it is written:] “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it” (Gen. 28:12). R. Samuel b. Nachman said: do you think that these were angels? These were not angels, but rather the princes of the nations.

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The Future of Rome
Roman, Greek, Jewish and Christian Visions
, pp. 169 - 188
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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