Bible Time Period: Maccabean Revolt
Mattathias and his sons stood up against the threats of Hellenization: Help me resist worldliness in the culture and follow only you.
The fight to establish political and religious independence for Judah continues in today’s readings. Don’t worry about getting all the detail, rather read to get the main outlines of the ongoing struggle noting in particular the death of Antiochus IV, the wane of Greece’s influence, and the treaties that are made.
Two questions today:
1. To what does Antiochus attribute his end (chapter 6)?
2. Why do the Jews make an alliance of friendship with Rome (chapter 8)?
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