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361 - 363 JULIAN THE APOSTATE (Roman Empire)

The only non-Christian emperor since Constantine, he preferred Judaism to Christianity, considering Judaism closer to his conception of the Greco-Roman viewpoint. He planned to rebuild the Temple and even began construction, but he was killed on the battlefield. His plans died with him.In his war with Mesopotamia he encouraged the Jews to support him. The vast majority despite his promises of rebuilding a third temple continued to support Persia and were allowed to bear arms in self defense.


364 PERSIA

Shapur II (309-379) forcibly transferred approximately 7000 Jews from outlying territories to the interior of Persia.




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