Discussing key takeaways from 1 Maccabees and answering listener questions.
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Simon’s son, John Hyrcanus, secures the peace of Judea, and we discuss the meaning(s) of history as the narrative comes to a close.
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The primary drama comes to a close as Simon ascends the throne, expels the enemy, and wins freedom for the Jews.
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Jonathan navigates the perils of Greek politics and runs aground. Plus: History has layers!
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Discussing the ongoing relevance of the Apocrypha in church and devotional life
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Jonathan plays Syrian politics and wins big. Plus: We take a deep dive into Jewish festivals.
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Alcimus, a compromising priest, takes the stage; Judas gets the band back together; and Israel allies with Rome. Plus: How the heck did everyone get…
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Antiochus the Madman dies, the Seleucids loosen their grip, and the Jews take another step toward freedom.
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A look inside some of our favorite books for studying the so-called Apocrypha. Plus: How did ancient Jews access the Torah?
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Judas Maccabeus takes charge, earns his nickname “The Hammer,” and dedicates the Temple. Plus: What do ugly Hanukkah sweaters have to do with foreign…
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Mattathias refuses participation in pagan worship and starts a revolt before dying and leaving his sons in charge. Plus, more canon fodder: Why did the…
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The rise of tyrant and “madman” Antiochus Epiphanes, the Jews that accommodated Greek dominance, and the start of resistance.
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