The Maccabean Conquest: Jonathan and Simon the Maccabees

Deborah W. Rooke

in Zadok's Heirs

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269984
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600722 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Maccabean Conquest: Jonathan and Simon the Maccabees

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Uses material from Josephus (Antiquities xii), and 1 and 2 Maccabees to examine the changes in the high priesthood leading up to the Maccabean revolt, and the careers of the first two Maccabean leaders, Jonathan and Simon. Although Jonathan and Simon both became high priests as well as political rulers, their style of rule was monarchic, and they had already achieved political authority among their own people, by virtue of their military exploits, before they were made high priests. The high priesthood, of itself, did not therefore give them any new powers of governance.

Keywords: 1 Maccabees; 2 Maccabees; Jonathan Maccabee; Josephus, Antiquities xii; Maccabean revolt; Simon Maccabee

Chapter.  16792 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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