The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 objects from the Ash­molean Museum by Rebecca Abrams

26 January 2018

© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford 2017

This coin, from Jerusalem, 70 CE, found in an Oxford­shire field in 1850, depicts the Emperor Vespasian (shown) and the figure of Justice. It could well have come to England in the pocket of a Roman soldier, and the gold it was made from was probably plunder from the Jewish Temple. It is one of the objects that spark Rebecca Abrams’s essays on the history of the Jewish people in her lavishly illu­strated The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 objects from the Ash­molean Museum (Ashmolean, £15 (£13.50); 978-1-910807-03-3), which has a foreword by Simon Schama

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