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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Ferndale, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381739938386 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Bar-Kokhba: The Rediscovery of the Legendary Hero of the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome by Yigael Yadin. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 271 pages. Publisher: Random House; (1971). [Full Title is “Bar-Kokhba: The Rediscovery of the Legendary Hero of the Second Jewish Revolt Against Rome”] The Story of the Second 2nd Jewish Revolt (click for a brief history). Hundreds of pictures both of the artifacts as well as the excavation! "Bar-Kokhba," by the famed Israeli archaeologist Yigael Yadin is a gripping and richly illustrated account of the search in the 1960’s for the remains of the nearly forgotten Bar Kokhba revolt of AD 132-135. Bar Kokhba rebelled against Roman authorities, and was initially successful in securing "the redemption of Israel." He was declared the Messiah by his followers, but he was eventually defeated by the Roman army and ran to the ground at Bethar, where he was killed. Yadin begins his book with an account of what records and legends of the rebellion were preserved by Roman and Christian historians and the Talmud, then he gets down to business with his and others' search in the caves bordering the Dead Sea for artifacts and documents relating to the revolt. They made several finds, most spectacularly 15 letters written by Bar Kokhba himself to some of his officers in the En-gedi. Well integrated with the text are many pictures --- of the artifacts recovered, the archaeological teams at work, and maps and diagrams. An appendix includes the major accounts of the Bar Kokhba revolt from Jewish, Roman and Christian sources. I read this book in one day, and if you can find a copy (it's out of print) it would make an excellent addition to your personal library. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Lightly read hardcover w/dustjacket. Random House (1971) 271 pages. Book appears to have been lightly read, but is very clean and unmarked. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound. Dustjacket evidences only very light edge and corner shelfwear, principally at the spine head where a tiny bit of laminate has chipped off. Embossed brown cloth covers are flawless, without blemish. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #332a. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The book is based on new archaeological artifacts discovered in 1960-61 in the caves of Judaea. The batch of papyrus contained the letters from Bar-Kokha, whose proof of existence had until then been only some coins with an inscription of his name and a few references by Jewish and Roman archaeologists. This is the story of the rediscovery of the legendary hero of the second Jewish Revolt against Rome. The book is illustrated throughout in color and black-and-white. The reader can himself experience the excitement of discovery in pictures taken at the moment when the finds were made. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: It was in 130 A.D. when the final large Jewish revolt began led by a man named Bar-Kokhba. Bar-Kokhba, which literally means in Hebrew "son of a star" raised up an army, recaptured Jerusalem from the Romans and for a very brief period re-established the Jewish nation. Five years later all was lost. Actually, very little is know about why this rebellion began and where its main battles were fought. We do have a note from the Roman historian Dio Cassius in his Roman History that the emperor Hadrian founded a new city over the ruins of Jerusalem. Hadrian renamed the city after himself and then supposedly had a temple dedicated to the god Jupiter built on the old Jewish temple location. In addition, he banned Jews from the city of Jerusalem. It seems that these actions by the Romans caused Jewish rebellions all over the empire. Once the revolt was over, Dio the historian, reports that 985 of the most important Jewish settlements were destroyed and 580,000 people died. May I recommend the book: “Bar-Kokhba: The Rediscovery of the Legendary Hero of the Last Jewish Revolt Against Imperial Rome” by Yigael Yadin. The book is about the discovery of the ancient caves where Bar-Kokhba and his followers spent their final days. These hideouts were well supplied with food and apparently occupied mostly by wealthy land owners. The caves are located in mountain sides so steep that the Romans didn't bother to pursue. Instead, they simply camped out above the caves and waited for the people to starve to death. It's a sad tale of the wretched final days these courageous Jewish freedom fighters. REVIEW: Sometimes the most important discoveries are made accidentally, in which case the finds themselves are the only things that matter. But sometimes an archaeologist embarks on a special expedition with a specific object in mind, and when this is attained, the "why" and "how" are nearly as important, and certainly as exciting, as the discovery itself. Such was the case of the Bar-Kokhba expedition; the subject of this book. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: The Story of the 2nd Jewish Revolt. "Bar-Kokhba," by the famed Israeli archaeologist Yigael Yadin is a gripping account of the search in the 1960s for the remains of the nearly forgotten Bar Kokhba revolt of A.D. 132-135. Bar Kokhba rebelled against Roman authorities, and was initially successful in securing "the redemption of Israel." He was declared the Messiah by his followers, but he was eventually defeated by the Roman army and ran to the ground at Bethar, where he was killed. Yadin begins his book with an account of what records and legends of the rebellion were preserved by Roman and Christian historians and the Talmud, then he gets down to business with his and others' search in the caves bordering the Dead Sea for artifacts and documents relating to the revolt. They made several finds, most spectacularly 15 letters written by Bar Kokhba himself to some of his officers in the En-gedi. Well integrated with the text are many pictures; of the artifacts recovered, the archaeological teams at work, and maps and diagrams. An appendix includes the major accounts of the Bar Kokhba revolt from Jewish, Roman and Christian sources. I read this book in one day, and if you can find a copy (it's out of print) it would make an excellent addition to your personal library. REVIEW: Yigael Yadin will remain Israel's most famed archeologist of all time. Yadin, along with three other scholars, were each given a section of land (much like that of the Qumran community) to dig for evidence regarding the people that inhabited the caves thousands of years earlier. This book starts off with the historical documentation of Bar-Kokhba by writers such as Eusebius and Dio Cassius, along with commentary from the Talmud and Midrash Rabbah. Yadin goes out of his way to provide this documentation in the back of the book (with citations) and to me, was the most valuable information of the entire book, outside of the archeological dig itself. This book is very well constructed and offers first hand accounts of his archeological dig. Yadin also provides translations of Bar-Kokhba's letters as well as photographs of them. Among other finds at the site, the most intriguing is saved for the last chapter of the book and interestingly, has nothing to do with Bar-Kokhba, but of a Jewish woman named Barbata. She was a widower who saved all of her legal documents in a leather bound purse that was found in the same cave as Bar-Kokhba's letters. This is a good addition to any library of the subject nature. The ancient letters themselves provide an abundance of information. REVIEW: Anyone who is interested in archaeology in general, or more specifically, in the archaeology of the Holy Land will love that book. It is informative and well written, with abundant pictures. It is not a dry scientific treatise, but a work written in everyday language, within anyone's reach. It conveys very well the excitement of the discoveries of the letters of Bar-Kokhba, who, until then, was more a figure of legend than history. I really like it and I read it twice in a row! REVIEW: What a magnificent book! Not only a clearly written book in layman’s terms describing one of the greatest archaeological finds of biblical significance, the photographs both of artifacts and the excavation itself are magnificent; and in staggering quantity! Any serious student or enthusiast of Roman or Jewish archaeology should definitely find a copy of this out-of-print book! It is a fascinating account of biblical archaeology and the ancient world of the Roman-era city of Jerusalem. REVIEW: If you are interested in the history of Israel and/or Palestine, then this is a book for you. Mr. Yadin writes well and makes you want to be on the scene, digging in the dirt for traces of an ancient civilization. REVIEW: This book describes some of the many Bar Kochba-related items the author and his team found while digging through abandoned caves in Israel. It’s remarkable how successful the Bar-Kochba rebellion was at first: it was capable of conscripting people into its army, minting coins and taking over property. Also interesting was that literacy was not at all universal in ancient Israel. Most letters dug up by the author were written by someone other than the nominal author; sometimes by a professional scribe, sometimes by a close relative. One legal affidavit actually states that the author could not write, and that as a result her husband was drafting it in her name. REVIEW: I have two of copies of this book in my library and it is a very good book in all respects. A narrative that weaves the exciting discoveries as if you are there with him. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). 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