Israel - Masada

Israel - Masada

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so Masada is basically two stories that

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very much oppose each other but exist at

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the same place

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first of all there's a story of Herod

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the great and the magnificent fortress

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that he builds here in the middle of the

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Judean desert in the middle of nowhere

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just because he's always afraid that

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someone's going to try and assassinate

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him someone's going to try and kill him

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and take a throne from him and he

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realizes this is a good isolated place

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protected by the fact that it's a big

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cliff

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and he decides all through the years of

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his reign to build

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this place up as a fortress so in case

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of times of trouble he can flee to here

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now it's not the only place he's got

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seven fortresses that he builds in the

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desert alone that doesn't include

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Cesarea which is the plush place that he

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built on the Mediterranean coast uh it

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does include other palaces in the desert

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alone he has seven plush amazing nature

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defying fortresses Masada is the most

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famous of them all you'll see why

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now Herod is the number one fan of the

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roman empire he loves Rome he loves

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roman culture he's fiercely loyal to the

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Romans and that is why they make him

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king over here

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now he's the king over the local

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population here which is the Jews mostly

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and the Jews hate the Romans because the

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Romans have taken away their

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independence

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so they really dislike the fact that

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Herod their king

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loves Rome so much

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and they've sort of irritated at him all

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the time

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that in combination with his paranoia

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makes him walk a very fine line

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constantly between his love for Rome and

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his desire not to be assassinated by the

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local population here that is why he

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builds fortresses that is why he murders

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his wife his sons his son-in-laws lots

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of people around him because he thinks

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they're going to try and take a throw in

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front

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okay so he builds this fortress in order

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to protect his position as king as ruler

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and to protect the position of Rome as

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the owner and governor of this whole

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area

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and he builds it beautifully very plush

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70 years over 70 years after his death

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a bunch of anti-roman Jewish zealots who

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have rebelled against Rome in the great

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rebellion that lasted from 66 to 70 a.d

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culminating in the destruction of the

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temple

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those people that survived that flee to

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the desert in and uh barricade

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themselves here at Masada and in the

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year 7380 we have a major major

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combination of the struggle between the

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Jews and the Romans these are the last 1

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000

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survivors of the Jewish rebellion

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Jerusalem has been destroyed the cities

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of the Galilee have been destroyed the

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temple has been burnt down

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this is the last stronghold of Jewish

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rebellion the Romans sent their legions

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down into the desert lay siege on Masada

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and prepare to bring it down

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the people up here

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use Herod's fortress Herod who built

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this fortress and who loved Rome the

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zealots here use this fortress in order

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to fight Rome okay so we've got two very

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opposing stories I always say if Herod

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knew that in the end this fortress would

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be used against his favorite Romans he

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would have destroyed himself just before

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he died

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and what we're going to see as we go

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through is the dichotomy between these

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two attitudes of life between

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uh the plush

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uh good life that Herod loved living and

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the simple life that the zealots liked

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and the attitude of loving Rome and

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hating Rome that we'll see happening

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here and culminating at the end of what

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happened at Masada

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like we said Herod builds this place in

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preparation for the worst case scenario

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which is a rebellion where he has to

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flee and hide up here until Rome can

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come and bail him out

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so he's preparing for long periods of

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siege which means this place needs to be

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self-sufficient and have everything

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necessary for survival

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how does he accomplish that he builds

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storehouses

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row after world of

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adjacent storehouses long narrow and

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dark inside no windows and they are

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absolutely stuffed full of the types of

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food that can last long term like dates

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like dried fruits like olives grains

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flour

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anything that you can use to make more

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food

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even though he's not really planning to

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live here he needs to know that just in

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case he needs to be here under siege he

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can live in the style of living that

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he's accustomed to so he builds a roman

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bathhouse on Masada as well

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now you may ask what in the world does

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he need a bath house which is

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effectively like a hamam or sauna very

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very hot inside why does he need that in

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the middle of the desert because it's

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plush and Herod loves the flash

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lifestyle even if he's not going to use

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it he needs to be able to say

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I've got

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a bath house at Masada at Masada it's

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like saying today you know I've got a 41

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inch lcd tv screen with a full surround

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sound video system it's basically what

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he's doing here typical of Herod he's

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always got a public section to the

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palace where he can receive dignitaries

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where he can receive Jewish delegations

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who come to complain about him or make

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petitions to him and then he's always

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got a private section to his palace

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which is out of view and is always going

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to be a lot more plush

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completely private and usually nature

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defined unfortunately

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[Music]

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south of Jerusalem is a mountaintop

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fortress about 1400 feet above the dead

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sea

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[Music]

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okay guys

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[Music]

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in order to then place all these many

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little stones these are mosaics they are

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made of millions in some cases of little

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stones different colors or images they

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actually had catalogs of what they could

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do for you and the more intricate it was

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the more you paid

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so

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this is part of the reception.

 

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