The Zealots were a group of Jews who began to emerge as a religious/political movement around the beginning of the 1st century CE. They strongly opposed Roman rule and turned on everyone, including other Jews, who cooperated with Rome. A subgroup of them, known as the Sicarii, frequently attacked Romans and those considered to work for them.

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  • c. 167 BCE
    Maccabean Revolt frees Palestine from foreign rule and allows for rise of Hasmonean Dynasty.
  • 6 CE
    Tax revolt against Rome led by Judas of Galilee and Zadok the Pharisee.
  • 66 CE - 73 CE
    The Jewish Revolt against Rome.