From Babylon to Bethlehem – The Hasmonean Dynasty

November 30, 2009

The period between the Maccabean Revolt and Roman rule of Judea is not
represented by any writings in the Scriptures, but like all things that
touch the history of Israel and Christ, it is worth studying. The
Hasmoneans, named after the house of Hasmon, are not related to David,
but are a priestly family from the tribe of Levi.

The Maccabean Revolt started when Mattathias, a Hasmonean, refused to
offer sacrifice to pagan gods, with the eventual result that the Temple
was purged and rededicated an event the Jews celebrate at Hanukkah for
eight days.

After the fighting had ended and Roman and Spartan rulers had expressed
their support for Simon Maccabeus as high priest, and King Demetrius
confirmed Simon as high priest and afforded him most of the traditional
effects of a king, though Simon was not granted that title.

The closing theme is Gerard Satamian’s Chansons Sans Paroles Op. 2 Pastorale, from the album Dry Fig Trees. www.magnatune.com

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