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Hasmonean Religious Ideology

Course
Roman Palestine
Lecture
1011 Lecture 1
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http://politeacademics.wordpress.com
Author
Theophyle
Original Date
June 14, 2010
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In the religious sphere, the Hasmoneans were committed to ridding their territories of all idolatrous practices. Religious purification of the land became a basic policy. Sometimes this meant driving out pagan inhabitants altogether and then purifying the site; at other times, conversion of the populace was required. Entire populations, both urban and rural, were thus brought into the Jewish fold. The two outstanding examples of this policy were the conversion of the Idumeans by John Hyrcanus and the conversion of the Itureans by Aristobulus I.