A History of the Hasmonean State: Josephus and Beyond by Kenneth Atkinson

By Kenneth Atkinson

Kenneth Atkinson tells the intriguing tale of the 9 a long time of the Hasmonean rule of Judea (152 - sixty three BCE) through going past the debts of the Hasmoneans in Josephus with a purpose to assemble new facts to reconstruct how the Hasmonean kinfolk remodeled their state right into a country that lasted till the coming of the Romans.

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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