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Ancient Jewis bronze coin "Prutah of Jerusalem" necklace, 1st Cent. AD

Ancient Jewis bronze coin "Prutah of Jerusalem" necklace, 1st Cent. AD

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Coins: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1356158
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ANCIENT JUDAEA. Roman Procurators. Porcius Festus, 59-62 AD.
This beautiful Prutah of Jerusalem bearing a Palm branch is nicely set in handmade wire sterling silver pendant adorned with Roman stone beads on the sides and genuine leather choker terminated with silver clasp so it can safely worn today.

Dimensions: Length: 43 cm
Found in Jerusalem, Israel

Porcius Festus issued this bronze prutah in A.D 59; he was the procurator of Judea under Nero for only about one year.

Festus inherited all of the problems of his predecessor in regard to the Roman practice of creating civic privileges for Jews. Only one other issue bedeviled his administration, the controversy between Agrippa II and the priests in Jerusalem regarding the wall erected at the temple to break the view of the new wing of Agrippa's palace.

During his administration, Jewish hostility to Rome was greatly inflamed by the civic privileges issue. Feelings were aroused which played an important part in the closely following Jewish War of AD 66.

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul had his final hearing before Festus. In Acts 25:12, Festus sought to induce Paul to go to Jerusalem for trial; Paul appealed to the Emperor. The appeal resulted in Paul being sent to Rome for judgment by the Emperor himself although Festus had difficulty in detailing charges against him. Acts 25-26

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