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

By Kenneth Atkinson

Kenneth Atkinson tells the fascinating tale of the 9 a long time of the Hasmonean rule of Judea (152 - sixty three BCE) by means of going past the bills of the Hasmoneans in Josephus with the intention to compile new proof to reconstruct how the Hasmonean kin reworked their nation right into a nation that lasted until eventually 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 various formerly unused resources, together with papyrological documentation, inscriptions, archaeological proof, 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 research of the Hasmonean country needs to transcend Josephus to achieve a whole appreciation of this certain 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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