Yodfat of the Galilee

May 22, 2013

Yodfat (also Jotapata, Iotapata, Yodefat) was the site of a 47 day siege in AD 67 by Roman forces led by General Vespasian and his son Titus (both of whom would later be emperors). It is said that this was the second bloodiest battle of the Jewish revolt. The historian Josephus chronicled the siege. He was at that time the commander of the Jewish forces. (See The Wars of the Jews, III.7-8). The Jewish forces were killed, some died of suicide; the Romans sold the women and children into slavery.

Site of ancient Yodfat. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Site of ancient Yodfat. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

This site gave archaeologists what can be a rare opportunity; it was never resettled or built over after its destruction in AD 67.

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