The End of Days
Wed, May 21, 2003 60 mins
Part 3 (of four) chronicles the brutal early years of the Roman occupation of Judea. It was a time when many Jews thought "the end of days" was at hand, and for traditional Judaism, it was. The hour begins with the arrival of the Roman general Pompey in 63 B.C. and ends with the destruction of the temple by Vespasian's troops in A.D. 70, after which, says Rabbi Perry Netter, "everything was gone." But all wasn't bloodshed: the Pharisee Hillel preached peace and, says Netter, "reduced all of tradition to a single sound bite: 'If you want to serve God, there is a way you have to treat people'." Not long thereafter, Jesus would say similar things. Keith David narrates.