Masada: Honor and Heroism

Built by Herod the Great, Masada was a fortress repurposed during the Jewish revolt against Roman authority. The Sicarii settled at this place after Titus’ destruction of the Second Temple.  Roman garrisons sieged the fort for months without gaining ground, due to the single-track access road to the top.  Recognizing that their situation was hopeless, the Sicarii refused to submit to the Roman justice system and took their own lives.  A mass suicide of 960 put an end to the siege, reminding future generations that oppression always finds freedom-seeking resistance.

About amartinez

Dr. Aquiles E. Martinez is Professor of Religion (Biblical Studies) and Coordinator of the Religion and Philosophy Programs at Reinhardt University. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Martinez has dedicated a good part of his life to equip pastors and church leaders in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, with the appropriate skills, knowledge, and experiences so they can serve their communities effectively. In addition to his many books, articles, and essays published in English and Spanish, Dr. Martinez has served several churches and the global community as an effort to help people develop significant relationships with God and their neighbors, especially with marginalized communities.
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