Both cock-up and conspiracy
Cally Hammond on the ruin of Jewish religious practice by the Romans
. . . The excellences of this book are many — clarity, readability, scholarship, balance; the skilful working of original source material into a continuous narrative. As well as the overall approach, there is also polish in the detail. Goodman observes that in many cultures the primary pleasures include eating, drinking, sex, and shopping, before looking at how the Jews differed from the Romans regarding the acceptance of ostentatious consumerism. Material for the preacher here, I think . . . .