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Hasmonean Religious Ideology

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Course: 
Roman Palestine
Lecture: 
1011 Lecture 1

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.

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http://politeacademics.wordpress.com
Author: 
Theophyle
Original Date: 
June 14, 2010
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Jerusalem in the Persian Period – 2

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We may now turn to the city wall of the Persian period restored by the returning exiles. As we have seen, the minimalists (including such eminent archaeologists and scholars as the late Michael Avi-Yonah, Yoram Tsafrir of Hebrew University, Hugh Williamson of Oxford University, Hanan Eshel of Bar-Ilan University and Ephraim Stern of Hebrew University) limit the wall of Persian period Jerusalem to the City of David.

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http://theophyle.wordpress.com
Author: 
Theophyle
Original Date: 
November 16, 2009
Book: 
BCE Articles from Theophyle's English Blog - Babylon and the Second Temple Period
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