Masada

According to This Day… In Jewish History, today is the anniversary of the mass suicide at Masada. Masada was the last stronghold of the rebellion against the Romans. When Masada fell in 70 CE, Jewish resistance ended. Archaeologists discovered 11 potsherds at Masada,each inscribed with a different name. These were apparently the lots which were used to determine the order in which the men killed their families and themselves.

The Ben Yair Lot from Masada, apparently belonging to Eleazar ben Ya’ir, leader of Masada’s defenders.

The Ben Yair Lot from Masada, apparently belonging to Eleazar ben Ya’ir, leader of Masada’s defenders.

For more information about Masada, start with The Last Days and Hours at Masada, Ehud Netzer, BAR 17:06, Nov/Dec 1991. See also ‘Ben Yair’ Lot from Masada, 70 CE for a full list of sources relating to Masada on the COJS website.

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