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Jews and gentiles from Judas Maccabaeus to John Hyrcanus according to contemporary jewish sources

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The revolt of Mattathias and his sons and the military successes of Judas Maccabaeus generated a significantly important change in the conditions of the Jews of Eretz Israel and in their relations with Gentiles. What was the policy of the Hasmonaean rulers towards the neighbouring peoples and what actions were required to implement this policy? What considerations shaped the Hasmonaean foreign policy? What changes took place in the Hasmonaean foreign policy in the period from Judas to John Hyrcanus? How Jewish society viewed and reacted to the Hasmonaean policy towards the neighbouring Gentiles? What problems arose due to the changing relations with the Gentiles? This chapter presents the evidence relating to these questions as well as to show that the works discussed reflect not only the attitude of their authors towards Gentiles but also express, explicitly and implicitly, a certain view of and position in regard to the Hasmonaeans.

Keywords: Eretz Israel; Gentiles; Hasmonaean foreign policy; Hasmonaean rulers; Jewish sources; Jews; John Hyrcanus; Judas Maccabaeus



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