For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem

For the Temple, A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem by G.A. Henty tells the story of the the first century Jewish revolt form the perspective of a fictional young Jewish man, John of Gamala. Revolting against imperial rule, various Jewish factions struggle for control of the city of Jerusalem and its spectacular Temple. Meanwhile, the Romans are moving quickly to crush the rebellion. Can John and his followers help save the Temple and alleviate the misery of their people?. In this adventure you will meet several famous historical men, including Vespasian, Josephus and Titus. Included in this edition are more than 150 Biblical, geographical, historical, and explanatory footnotes to aid the modern reader.

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By Laura (Hohenwald, TN) · ★★★★☆ · December 01, 2009
I really, really enjoyed this book. Though he doesn't make his characters as personal as most writers, Henty does an excellent job of weaving historical information into an enjoyable story of a young hero who escapes from breath-taking adventures in which any other character would've died! This p... ...more
By Kyle (Springfield, MO) · ★★★★★ · January 16, 2015
Read both by myself and with my children. This is intended for 10-15 year old boys, but I enjoyed it and learned a lot reading it just by myself. ...more
By Marie (The United States) · ★★★★★ · February 26, 2014
Great fiction on the fall of Jerusalem. I read it beside "Josephus" and the events square nicely with the events in this book. ...more
By Ben (San Antonio, TX) · ★★★★☆ · May 11, 2010
I am generally a sucker for historical fiction and I enjoyed this book as well. I didn't know much about the siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD, but I came away with a better understanding, I think, after reading this book. John of Gamala (a fictional character, created by Henty) is a good leadership mo... ...more
By Kori (Singapore, 00, Singapore) · ★★★★☆ · November 29, 2014
Having just finished Josephus' "Jewish War", I was able to connect every event in this book to the actual event in history. I really liked the way that Henty made each of his characters believable and let the Jew in each one come through. They hated the Romans and believed God would save their co... ...more
By Karla (Fair Oaks, CA) · June 05, 2008
I love Henty Books and this was was not a disappointment. It demonstrated the passion of the Jews for the Temple of Jerusalem mixed in with the human desire for political power. The main character reflected a man who was willing to give up personal comforts and desires such as a marriage with his... ...more
By Darren (Saint John, NB, Canada) · ★★★★★ · August 13, 2012
Although it falls to second place on my list of Henty books, it was certainly the most informative. This was a fascinating period of history, and it is brought to life through the eyes of a very realistic young character. Amazing stuff. ...more
By Nico (Bakersfield, CA) · ★★★★☆ · January 01, 2015
I enjoyed learning about the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70 at the hands of the Romans. In this historical fiction novel, Henty did a good job of weaving in a fictional story into the telling of an historical event. ...more