Tales of High Priests and Taxes: The Books of the Maccabees and the Judean Rebellion against Antiochos IV

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Univ of California Press, 22 ago 2014 - 568 pagine

In the wake of the conquests of Alexander the Great, the ancient world of the Bible—the ancient Near East—came under Greek rule, and in the land of Israel, time-old traditions and Greek culture met. But with the accession of King Antiochos IV, the soft power of culture was replaced with armed conflict, and soon the Jews rebelled against their imperial masters, as recorded in the Biblical books of the Maccabees. Whereas most scholars have dismissed the biblical accounts of religious persecution and cultural clash, Sylvie Honigman combines subtle literary analysis with deep historical insight to show how their testimony can be reconciled with modern historical analysis by conversing with the biblical authors, so to speak, in their own language to understand the way they described their experiences. Honigman contends that these stories are not mere fantasies but genuine attempts to cope with the massacre that followed the rebellion by giving it new meaning. This reading also discloses fresh political and economic factors.

 

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General Introduction
1
1 AND 2 MACCABEES AS DYNASTIC HISTORY Methodological Introduction The Modern Semantic Categories of Religion and Politics and Anc...
51
THE CAUSES OF THE REBELLION ACCORDING TO THE AUTHORS OF 1 AND 2 MACCABEES Methodological Introduction Symbolic Unive...
189
THE JUDEAN REBELLION IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE 200164 BCE From Literary Analysis to History A Summary of the Conclusions of P...
291
Appendix A The Literary Composition of 1 Maccabees
405
Appendix B The Literary Composition of 2 Maccabees
409
Abbreviations
413
General Notes
417
Bibliography
513
Index Locorum
533
Subject Index
539
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Sylvie Honigman is Professor of History at Tel Aviv University.

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