Grainger recounts that the Hellenizers "now tackled the central element of the opposition, the temple.
The Hellenizers were eager to convince Mattathias and his sons to commit to the Greek religion and set an example for others.
Dimont analyzes the conflict like this: "Antiochus Epiphanes has been so entrenched in Jewish history as a villain that few Jews can see the war that ensued for what it really was--not an uprising against tyrannical Seleucids, but a revolt by Jewish anti-Hellenizers
against Jewish Hellenizers
Jews alone of these conquered cultures did not have a clean prime-divider line along which to sever the elites, and, despite the partial collaboration/assimilation of some (the Hellenizers
, the Sadducees), other elites, especially rabbinic, refused to switch their allegiance from their (chosen) people to the conquering elite.
Given his track record toward what was once politely termed "effeminacy," it's pretty horrifying to imagine how he might have portrayed the Hellenizers
a dialectic weapon; to the cutting edge of Greek logic they fitted, in the place of the universals of Greek speculative thought, the positive doctrines of the Koran, and with this they ultimately drove the Hellenizers
from the field.
When the traditionalists prevailed, and the king was forced to back down, the Hellenizers
were systematically hunted down.
Rather, in the light of the contemporary perception of the rebellion as part of France's plan to dominate Britain politically and forcibly to change its religion, Judas unifying a nation disrupted from within by hellenizers who co-opt foreign hellenizing Syrian forces is equivalent to Cumberland unifying a nation disrupted from within by Jacobites who co-opt foreign Catholic French forces.
Morell's parallel, the hellenistic tendency, is (as so often in the oratorio librettos) a more palatable version of reality, the pagan worship of the hellenizers being so remote from Jewish monotheism and so evidently morally corrupt as to be unquestionably 'other' and reprehensible.
Hengel have claimed that this was indeed the case, and that extreme Jewish hellenizers
were actually the ones who instigated the persecution.
No historian has ever used the Jewish ethnicity of the Hellenizers
in 165-145 as evidence that their ideas were rooted in Judaism.
in their fierce struggle against the Hellenizers