The phenomenon of villages and farms being abandoned at the end of the Hasmonean dynasty
or the beginning of Herod the Great's succeeding rule is one that we are familiar with from many rural sites in Judea.
This study of the Hasmonean dynasty
draws on multiple fields of inquiry: Judaica, sacred scriptures, archaeology, numismatics, classics.
The best examples were the pre-1948 days when Zionist terror groups attacked both Palestinian and British targets; or in the 2nd century BC when the Jewish priest Mattathias and his five sons successfully led the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid-Hellenist rulers of the region, using guerrilla tactics that would be called terrorism today (the victory which founded the Hasmonean dynasty
is celebrated annually by Jews around the world in the Hanukkah festival).
He found in this period, and especially in the Hasmonean dynasty
, a golden age of Jewish independence that could serve as a model and inspiration for his own generation and its quest for national "resurrection and redemption.
4) In response, partisans of the Hasmonean dynasty pointed to Aaron's marriage to the Judahite woman Elisheba (Exod.
In the Jewish sources that he examined, there is little indication that speculation about the mixed ancestry of David and the sons of Aaron originated in a polemical exchange between allies and opponents of the Hasmonean dynasty.
6:23 promoted the ancestral claims of the Hasmonean dynasty to the dual office of high priest and king.
Cross celebrated the consolidation of "coherent patterns of fact and meaning"(7) in Qumran studies: "the ancient Zadokite house gave way to the lusty, if illegitimate Hasmonean dynasty.
If the "wicked priest" was some ruler of the Hasmonean dynasty, the members of the Qumran sect thought well of him at the outset.
He therefore suggested that "wicked priest" was a generic term for aU rulers of the Hasmonean dynasty.
Among the topics are re-reading 4QPesher Isaiah A (4Q161) 40 years later, whether 4Q173a is a fragment of an eschatological midrash, theme and genre in 4Q177 and its scriptural selections, a full edition of 4q186, 4QZodiacal Physiognomy, and allusions to the end of the Hasmonean Dynasty
in Pesher Nahum 4Q169.
under the Hasmonean dynasty
, which was destroyed together with the Jewish Second Temple by the Romans in 70 A.