After years of worsening relations between Rome and the Jewish ruling class of Jerusalem, the latter decided the cessation of sacrifices for the Roman Emperor at the Temple and attempted to establish an alternative local government. But internal dissension within Jewish leaders and civil wars at Jerusalem rendered the revolt ineffectual.
Bouchard, Elsa. "First Jewish Revolt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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