By Kenneth Atkinson
Atkinson reconstructs the relationships among the Hasmonean nation and the rulers of the Seleucid and the Ptolemaic Empires, the Itureans, the Nabateans, the Parthians, the Armenians, the Cappadocians, and the Roman Republic. He attracts on quite a few formerly unused assets, together with papyrological documentation, inscriptions, archaeological facts, numismatics, useless Sea Scrolls, pseudepigrapha, and textual resources from the Hellenistic to the Byzantine periods.
Atkinson additionally explores how Josephus's political and social state of affairs in Flavian Rome affected his money owed of the Hasmoneans and why any examine of the Hasmonean nation needs to transcend Josephus to achieve a whole appreciation of this distinctive historic interval that formed moment Temple Judaism, and created the stipulations for the increase of the Herodian dynasty and the emergence of Christianity.
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