Jewish pilgrimage to Jerusalem was a massive phenomenon, especially in the last century of the Temple’s existence - the century that began with Herod the Great’s rise to power and ended with the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 ce (Safrai 1981; Goodman 2007: 59-67; Hezser 2011: 374-388). This was a century in which, between the pax Romana that facilitated travel and Herod’s huge investment in the Temple and the city itself - Jerusalem became “by far the most famous city of the Orient” (Pliny, Natural History 5.70). Pilgrimage to it was safer, easier, and more attractive than ever before (Dyma 2009: 332-337).
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