PsSal 17, the Hasmoneans and Herod the Great

Benedikt Eckhardt*

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The Psalms of Solomon are an important source for reconstructing Jewish attitudes towards the major political shift that occurred in 63 BCE. The end of the Hasmonean dynasty and the beginning of Roman rule are often said to have pleased at least some contemporary Jewish groups because they perceived the Hasmoneans as illegitimate rulers. The analysis seeks to show that the only contemporary evidence for this view is PsSol 17:1-10, and that this part of the PsSol does not speak of Pompey, but of Herod the Great. Some attitudes towards the Hasmonean dynasty assumed to be contemporary by scholars have to be seen against the background of the Herodian, not the Hasmonean period.

Translated title of the contributionPsSal 17, the Hasmoneans and Herod the Great
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)465-492
Number of pages28
JournalJournal for the Study of Judaism
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009


  • Davidic messianism
  • Hasmonean dynasty
  • Herod the great
  • Idumeans
  • Pompey


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