Understanding The Maccabean Revolt: An Introductory Atlas
Understanding the Maccabean Revolt 167 to 63 BCE guides the reader through the main players and battles of this historic conflict. Antiochus Epiphanes IV' s harsh decrees against the Jews had the opposite of his intended effect, as it accelerated Jewish resistance to being assimilated into Greek culture and religion. In his belief that the Jewish nation was ready for Hellenization, he had forbidden Jewish religious practice and had dedicated theJewish Temple to a Greek deity. This and other acts of religiouspersecution led to the beginning of the Maccabean revolt in 167BCE.
The Greek Seleucids had counted on Mattathias, son of John and a leader of the community, to accept the King's rulings, but he refused. After seeing one of his own people offer apagan sacrifice, he killed the blasphemer, thus starting theJewish struggle for freedom that lasted for over two decades and ushered in the Hasmonean Kingdom. Understanding the Maccabean Revolt 167 to 63 BCE tells this thrilling story withforty pages of clear text and full color maps, illustrations, and photographs.