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What types of jobs did upper class Romans do?

There is an ample evidence (from authors like Plutarch, Cicero etc.) that the only occupations which were considered appropriate for the Romans from good families were military, politics, ...
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Was Jesus unique from the point of view of contemporaries?

Yes and no. This is one of the questions addressed in Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan. From what I can see of the reviews, it does a good job (for an "accessible" ...
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Is Josephus' account for the length of the Jewish War generally accepted as correct?

I doubt that anyone has been bothered by this coincidence because it's not terribly unlikely. If there are 12 months in the year and if wars last a random amount of time, one war in twelve will end in ...
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Is there any Historical Evidence for a Co-Regency of Tiberius and Augustus?

It depends precisely what is meant by "co-regency". I will try to outline the widely accepted facts. According to historian Beth Severy, Augustus announced his intention in 4 CE that Tiberius should ...
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Why was Caesar at the Rubicon?

Why Caesar crossed the Rubicon is a question none other than Caesar himself answered: 'They wanted it so. I, Gaius Caesar, in spite of such great deeds would have been condemned, had I not sought ...
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What languages were common in first century Jerusalem?

Visitors from other lands You have listed the most common languages spoken in Jerusalem already -- Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and even some Latin -- but the passage in Acts that you refer to answers ...
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Do most scholars (including secular ones) agree upon four historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth?

No, absolutely not. William Lane Craig is a well known biblical scholar and a Christian apologist. I've seen many of his debates, and can't say I'm impressed by the strength of his arguments. I've ...
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When did Galilee become part of Iudaea? When did it become separate?

According to Wikipedia, after the death of King Herod Agrippa in 44CE Galilee and Peraea were incorporated into the province of Iudaea. Over the next century there were no less than 3 major Jewish ...
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Why do ancient Jewish sources increasingly downplay Rome's role in Jerusalem's destruction?

Re the end of your first bullet point, true that the Romans weren't shy about trumpeting their victories, but they also didn't care to be seen as vandals of a temple that was hundreds of years old, ...
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Was Jesus unique from the point of view of contemporaries?

Apparently this was quite common. As stated in the comments the New testament mentions John the Baptist and possibly others. There is also some primary sources describing the situation: I mean the ...
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