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What time Ierusalem that Cittie faire, Was sieg'd and sackt by great Vespasians heire   Canaan's Calamitie, Jerusalem's Misery ; The dolefull destruction of faire Ierusalem by Tytus, the Sonne of Vaspasian Emperour of Rome, in the yeare of Christ's Incarnation 74  (1598) Wherein is shewed the woonderfull miseries which God brought upon that Citty for sinne, being utterly over-throwne and destroyed, by Sword, pestilence and famine. 



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 The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, A.D. 70

Artist: David Roberts
 Oil on canvas painting / 1356 x 1965 mm


You are looking at a rare reproduction of a lost oil painting titled The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, A.D. 70 by David Roberts, a member of Britain's Royal Academy. This may be the first-ever publication of this beautiful painting. The original, dating from the mid-19th century, was sold at auction in 1961 to an Italian art dealer in London. The painting made its way to Rome and was sold shortly thereafter, but there is no record of the transaction.

The original lithograph from which this picture is reproduced is owned by the Jerusalem Historical Society.  Its president, author and journalist J.S. Peeples, has authored a book titled The Destruction of Jerusalem.  He began a search for the original painting after he saw a damaged lithographic reproduction in Texas. The 1850 lithograph, measuring 27.5 inches by 42 inches, was taken from the original oil painting, which was an incredible 7 by 12 feet.

David Roberts, a Scottish-born artist, rose from poverty to become one of the most popular painters of the 19th century. He traveled extensively in the Middle East in 1839, creating well over 250 paintings and drawings beautifully depicting majestic and historic scenes of this ancient land. His pictures of the Holy Land were his most famous; they catapulted him to his first great success as an artist.

In order to ensure the greatest possible accuracy in this particular painting, which was completed in 1849, Roberts called upon the writings of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, an eyewitness to the Roman siege and the destruction of Jerusalem. Josephus's account of this turning point in Jewish history is the most extensive account of the event in existence today.

According to history, the Jews began a revolt in A.D. 66 in response to increasingly oppressive rule by the Romans. Titus, the son of the emperor Vespasian and himself emperor from 79 to 81, led the Roman forces in ending the Jewish uprising. The Jews courageously held the much superior Roman forces at bay for about five months before the city finally fell. On August 10, A.D. 70, the temple was taken and burned, and one month later the upper city was captured. It was one of history's greatest battles, the outcome of which had been prophesied more than 40 years earlier by Jesus Christ.

Many art collectors and critics consider The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem to be the finest work of the prolific Roberts. When it premiered in London it won unanimous acclaim from critics. But the painting disappeared in 1854, reappearing only briefly at the 1961 sale at Christie's auction house.

Since Peeples began his search for the missing original, he has located two other lithographic reproductions, which, like the one he first stumbled across, were made by 19th-century Belgian platemaker Louis Haghe. Haghe was considered the premier lithographer of that time.

From these well-preserved lithographs and with the help of scientists from the Xerox Corporation's Digital Imaging Technology Center in Rochester, New York, the Jerusalem Historical Society has launched an effort to create a reproduction that will match as closely as possible the original luster and color of the Haghe print.

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When All Else Fails, Use the “A” Word—Anti-Semitism!
A Response to Ed Hindson’s “The New Last Days Scoffers”—Part 3

By Gary DeMar

If you ever find yourself in trouble when you’re in a debate, there is a sure-fire way of diverting attention from the inadequacies of your arguments and the strengths of your opponent’s arguments. If the debate is political, call your opponent a Nazi or a fascist. If the debate deals with anything where race might be a factor even though it isn’t, call your opponent a “racist.” It works every time. When you want to win a debate on eschatology when you don’t have either the Bible or history on your side, calling someone “antisemitic” often does the trick. This is what Ed Hindson does in his article “The New Last Days Scoffers” “While most preterists would insist they are not anti-Semitic, their theology certainly leans in that direction. One of the symbols of the current preterist movement is an artist's rendering of the smoldering ashes of Jerusalem in AD 70, as though they are rejoicing in the destruction of the Holy City.” There you have it. There’s no real need to discuss individual biblical texts because it all comes down to anti-Semitism, the Jews, and present-day Israel.

Hal Lindsey used a similar tactic in 1989 with the publication of The Road to Holocaust, one of the most poorly reasoned, historically inaccurate, and biblically flawed books ever to be written by a dispensationalist, and that’s saying a lot. As soon as this book appeared, Peter J. Leithart and I read it and responded to it in The Legacy of Hatred Continues. Anyone who reads The Legacy of Hatred Continues soon learns that it’s dispensationalism that has a theological problem with the future of Israel. As we’ll see, it’s dispensational theology that has it in for Israel.

Dr. Hindson refers to the painting “The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem Under the Command of Titus, AD 70” by David Roberts. Roberts traveled to Jerusalem in 1839 to paint the story of one of the greatest calamities in all history—the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans under Titus. Hindson claims that selling this painting is tantamount to “rejoicing in the destruction of the Holy City.” The painting shows that the destruction of Jerusalem is a past (preterist) event; it’s an apologetic for the preterist position. Jesus predicted that the temple would be destroyed within a generation. The painting by Roberts depicts the horror of Jerusalem’s judgment. It’s a reminder that God’s Word is true and His judgments are sure. Dr. Hindson wants to read “anti-Semitism” into making prints of this masterpiece available. Should we cut out all the judgment sequences from the Bible? What should we do with the Left Behind series? Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have written twelve volumes describing the horrors of what they believe will be years of tribulation that will result in the death of billions of people. And as we’ll see, it’s the Jews that get the worst of it. LaHaye has made millions of dollars from detailing what he believes is going to be a bloodbath for Israel.


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