What caused the Romans to have the siege of jerusalem in 70ce?

It was the year of the Passover. The Jewish population of Israel at the time was about 2 million. The Passover was when all Jews came together in the city of Jerusalem to celebrate. That's when the Romans decided to strike. The Siege lasted 3 years. People in Jerusalem were dying of starvation and diseases. Soon the Roman military breach through the walls, taking over the city. Some were able to make out, but most were trapped. With a combination of the famine, diseases, and the violence, killed over 1.1 million. And 96 thousands were taken as slaves. But why did Rome do this? As I might of triggered some people, I meant to say that it was the day of the year of the Passover.

jon pike

In the year 66 AD the Jews of Judea rebelled against their Roman masters. In response, the Emperor Nero dispatched an army under the generalship of Vespasian to restore order.


Roman expansion and empire building.


The Jews were a rebellious people. And, they rejected the Messiah that God sent to them. Jesus foretold that the city would be destroyed. Matthew 24:1 2, 15, 16 Now as Jesus was departing from the temple, his disciples approached to show him the buildings of the temple. In response he said to them: “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, by no means will a stone be left here upon a stone and not be thrown down.” “Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken about by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place (let the reader use discernment), then let those in Ju·deʹa begin fleeing to the mountains. Luke 21:20, 21, 24 “However, when you see Jerusalem surrounded by encamped armies, then know that the desolating of her has drawn near. Then let those in Ju·deʹa begin fleeing to the mountains, let those in the midst of her leave, and let those in the countryside not enter into her, because these are days for meting out justice in order that all the things written may be fulfilled. And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations until the appointed times of the nations are fulfilled.


Josephus, the ancient historian, in his "Jewish Wars" gives a great account. According to Josephus it was a group of zealots who kept fomenting rebellions, attacking both Jews and Romans, committing crimes. It had nothing to do with religious beliefs as the Romans were quite tolerant about different religions; it had everything to do with breaking the law. If you have an opportunity to read "The Jewish Wars" read it. It's not a difficult read. Josephus includes a history of the Hasmoneans, Herod the Great since they tie in to the events of Titus siege of Jerusalem.


Josephus gives 7 Signs in his Jewish Wars...but even Titus the Roman said "I can not claim victory for I see that their God has fought against them"


They should have done what the Romans told them to do. They didn't want to so the results are on their heads. Rome didn't handle insurrection well.


Romans were trying to help but they wouldnt eatnso they just died while the romans was tryna feed them with they swords


There was this really irritating movement started by a Jewish carpenter, I don't know if you've heard of it...

Mr. Smartypants

The year of the Passover? WTF? That's like saying 'the year of your birthday'. You have a birthday every year! Passover began when the Hebrew slaves left Egypt, long before Jerusalem was established as the capital of Israel. The Jews hated Roman rule, they hated being occupied (and can you blame them?) There were several small revolts but one big on in 70 CE which led to the sacking of the city and the destruction of the Temple. The Messiah the Jews were waiting for was supposed to be a powerful general who would lead them in a successful revolution for their freedom and independence. This is why most Jews didn't accept Jesus as the Messiah, a singly guy with a little band of idealists who said he didn't even belong to this world.