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Term

JERUSALEM, FALL OF

Definition

Destruction of the sacred city in A.D. 70 after a siege of 143 days, in which, according to Tacitus (Histories, V, 13) 600,000 Jews perished, many by crucifixion. The Roman Emperor Titus razed its buildings and destroyed its temple. It is believed that the house that was the scene of Pentecost and the Last Supper was spared and became the first Christian church.