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Biblical Archaeology Review 49:2, Summer 2023

The Rise of the Maccabees

By Andrea M. Berlin

The Maccabees created an independent Jewish kingdom in the second century BCE. Their success was a testament to their zeal—and some significant external factors. The Book of 1 Maccabees tells the story of their rise, while archaeology places the story within a larger historical and political context. Tour the region, previously controlled by a long list of empires, that became Maccabean territory.

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