Titus' Arch and 70 AD > The Scholars Corner
Back to Entrance of Museum Mamertine Prison The Arch of Titus marks the sack of Jerusalem in 70 AD and fulfills the prophecy of Jesus. Around 33 AD, Jesus made a prophecy concerning the destruction of Jerusalem that would occur because the people of Israel had refused to receive him as a prophet and as the Servant of the Lord [Isaiah 53]. And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:41-44, RSV). This prophecy came true with graphic detail under the Roman General, Titus, who destroyed the city in 70 AD. This arch was built to commemorate the victory of Titus over the Jews of Palestine. Titus later became emperor of the ... Read more