Die "hellenistische Krise" und der Makkabäeraufstand in der neueren Diskussion

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Since Elias Bickerman’s study of the Maccabean revolt and its origins, significant advances have been made in the field of Seleucid studies, including new epigraphic discoveries. Especially since the publication of a royal dossier from Maresha in 2007, historical reconstructions see the reasons for the conflict in Jerusalem, which led to Antiochus IV’s measures against the Jewish cult, in administrative reforms imposed on Judea. The article surveys the various recent suggestions (including the possibility that the »religious persecution« of 168 BCE is a mere invention) and evaluates their strengths and weaknesses. While Bickerman’s inner-Jewish explanation of the events has justly been abandoned, the supposed reforms remain difficult to prove; in addition, the immediate po-litical context of the punitive measures needs to be emphasized.
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)983-998
JournalTheologische Literaturzeitung
Volume143
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

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