The centuries immediately before and after the 100s CE in the Greco-Roman world were increasingly violent. There were frequent uprisings, attempted coups, assassinations of political leaders, reform efforts and massacres of Jews and other groups led by the Romans. Palestine, the holy land, was being controlled by the ever-expanding Roman Empire. The exiled Israelites sometimes tried to “get it back” through such violent means. Besides this ongoing struggle, the Romans also brought in new religious threats, political threats and various forms of coercion—not to mention religious and cultural (Hellenistic) agendas. Revolts against this paganization stem all the way back to the Maccabean Revolt in the 160s BC (today celebrated as Hanukkah).View More An Alternative Christian View on Taxes
Author: Jamin Hübner
Dr. Jamin Hübner (ThD Systematic Theology, University of South Africa) is Director of Institutional Effectiveness and founding Chair of Christian Studies at John Witherspoon College, as well as General Editor of Christian Libertarian Review, the academic journal of the Libertarian Christian Institute.