Why did the Romans allow Jews to continue to practice their religious beliefs?
The Romans generally didn't interfere much in Jewish
internal matters, because the main thing that they wanted was taxes
and a quiet populace.
Hyrcanus and Aristobulus, the two sons of the Jewish King Yannai
(Johanan Hyrcanus, 1st century BCE), got the Romans involved in
Judea when they asked them to settle a dispute. At first the Romans
were cordial; and they actually became party to a military treaty
with Judea (Talmud, Avodah Zara 8b).
A couple of decades later, however, they unilaterally abrogated the treaty, and placed Roman governors over the land who afflicted the Jews with crushing taxation (Talmud, Yoma 9a).
In the first two centuries CE, things got worse, with the Romans destroying Jerusalem and the Second Temple after the Jewish Zealots attempted to revolt. The Romans sold hundreds of thousands of Jews into slavery (Josephus). From time to time they forbade the observance of the Torah-commands, and they killed several of the leading Sages, despite the fact that the Torah-leaders had advised against revolt (Talmud, Gittin 56a).
Later, Simeon Bar Kochba led a second revolt, in an ill-advised attempt to
recreate the independent Judea. The Romans responded by destroying
The Romans allowed all conquered peoples to continue to practice their religions. They respected other people's religions
The Romans allowed everyone to practice their religious beliefs, the Jews were no exception. As long as a religion did not advocate treason or decadence and the participants paid their taxes, Rome let them alone. But if the religion were considered harmful to the state in any way, then the Romans came down hard on it.
When the Romans took control over the Jews why did they allow the Jews to practice religious beliefs?
When the Romans took control of the Jews why did they allow them to continue there religious beliefs?
Ancient religions did not impose their beliefs on others as the later monotheistic Judaism and its offshoots Christianity and Islam do. The Romans recognised that the gods were really the same, just with different local nanes - Jupiter = Zeus = Jehovah. When Pompey captured Jerusalem, he straightway went up to the temple and sacrificed to Jehovah.
When the Romans took control of Judea why did they allow the Jews to practice their religious beliefs?
Actually, there were times when the Romans outlawed Judaism, such as during the time of Hadrian. During those times that the Romans didn't interfere with the internal life of the Jews, the reason was because the Romans wanted to receive their taxes. That, and making sure none of their colonies planned rebellions, was usually the only thing that the Romans were really concerned about.
When the Romans took control over Jews why did they allow the Jews to practice their religious beliefs?
They didn't. For the most part. There was a time called "Gizeiros HaShmad" meaning: decrees of destruction-because there were laws forbidding Jews to obey their religion-thereby destroying their spiritual growth. There were however certain times during certain rulers when the Jews were allowed to practice their beliefs.
The Romans did not adapt their religious beliefs to the beliefs of the people they conquered. The absorbed the foreign beliefs. There's a difference. The Romans found that many of the gods that the conquered peoples worshiped were the same as their own but with different names. For example, the Romans had been worshiping the god Mars since the founding of the city and probably before. When they conquered Greece, they found that the Greeks…
The ancient Romans took many of their beliefs from the Greeks they conquered, with the difference only being the names (Instead of Zeus, Ares, and Aphrodite it was Jupiter, Mars, and Venus). Some Romans even worshiped Egyptian gods at one time. In various regions of the empire Romans worshipped their emperors as gods.
The Romans were tolerant of other beliefs as long as they were not decadent or treasonous. The Romans were tolerant of other beliefs as long as they were not decadent or treasonous. The Romans were tolerant of other beliefs as long as they were not decadent or treasonous. The Romans were tolerant of other beliefs as long as they were not decadent or treasonous. The Romans were tolerant of other beliefs as long as they…
Rome had a complex system of religious beliefs influenced by surrounding countries and territories. Rome enjoyed a mainly pagan system of many deities and personages who were revered in different ways. These religious beliefs were practiced all through the Roman Empire, not just in Rome proper. Later, when Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome, these other religions faded somewhat but never completely.
Rome tolerated the eastern mystery cults because they posed no threat to the empire. The Romans were very tolerant of othes' religious beliefs and only banned or persecuted them if they were decadent or treasonous. Christianity was considered both. Rome tolerated the eastern mystery cults because they posed no threat to the empire. The Romans were very tolerant of othes' religious beliefs and only banned or persecuted them if they were decadent or treasonous. Christianity…
Yes, they did. The Romans were deeply religious. They believed that natural disasters were signs of the wrath of gods who had not been honoured. Therefore it was important to honour the gods by giving them offerings (sacrifices). They also practiced divination to read the signs of the omens of the gods.
When the Romans to control over the Jews why did they allow Jews to practice their own religious beliefs?
The Romans were too smart to waste energies in religious wars, they were too busy exploiting people and resources all over the Mediterranean basin, and they had enough economic and politic wars already. So they preferred to adopt other people's gods and even build temples for them in Rome. At least until the first Jewish revolt in the year 66 AD.
In the early decades of contact between Rome and Judea, the Romans were cordial; and they actually became party to a military treaty with the Jews (Talmud, Avodah Zara 8b). The Romans didn't interfere much in Jewish internal matters, because the main thing that they wanted was taxes and a quiet populace.See also: More about this
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