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.
Once again – as you continue through the battles and alliances recounted in 1 Maccabees, don’t feel you need to get all the details; just read to get the overall outline of the story.
“The year one hundred and fifty-two,” where chapter 9 begins, is 160 BC. Judas Maccabeus is killed in battle and leadership passes to his brother Jonathan. Jonathan is not a king but a judge like those in the book of Judges. In chapter 10, Jonathan will be backed by the Roman King Alexander (son of Antiochus Epiphanes) and appointed high priest. At the time, there had been no high priest in Jerusalem for seven years.
In general, how does Judah fare under Jonathan?
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