Understanding the Maccabean Revolt 167 to 63 BCE: An Introductory Atlas

by Michael Avi-Yonah


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Retail: $14.95
Size: 9 x 12 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 40
Pub Date: May 2017
ISBN: 9789652208750
ISBN-13: 9789652208750
Item Number: 208750
Categories: Archaeology and Biblical History; General Reference Works
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Understanding the Maccabean Revolt 167 to 63 BCE guides the reader through the main players and battles of this historic conflict. Antiochus Epiphanes IVís harsh decrees against the Jews had the opposite of his intended effect, as it accelerated Jewish resistance to being assimilated into Greek culture and religion. In his belief that the Jewish nation was ready for Hellenization, he had forbidden Jewish religious practice and had dedicated the Jewish Temple to a Greek deity. This and other acts of religious persecution led to the beginning of the Maccabean revolt in 167 BCE.

The Greek Seleucids had counted on Mattathias, son of John and a leader of the community, to accept the kingís rulings, but he refused. After seeing one of his own people over a pagan sacrifice, he killed the blasphemer, thus starting the Jewish struggle for freedom that lasted for over two decades and ushered in the Hasmonean kingdom. Understanding the Maccabean Revolt 167 to 63 BCE tells this thrilling story with forty pages of clear text and full color maps, illustrations, and photographs.

Author Bio

Michael Avi-Yonah (1904Ė74) was Professor of Archaeology and History of Art at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He wrote numerous books and papers, among them In the Time of Rome and Byzantium, A Historical Geography of the Holy Land from the Return to Zion until the Arab Conquest, and Gazetteer of Roman Palestine. He planned and constructed a model of Second Temple Jerusalem at 1:50 scale, now on display at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.