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Judas Maccabaeus
The Jewish Struggle Against the Seleucids

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139237918

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  • This book is an account of the battles fought by Judas Maccabeus between 166 and 160 B.C. against the forces of the Seleucids during the revolt of the Jews against domination by the Seleucid empire. It reexamines the accepted assessments of Judas Maccabeus' activities and achievements and seeks to reconstruct the course of the military and political events of his time. Part I examines the composition and strength of the armies on both sides, their armaments and operating methods, and discusses the extent of Judas Maccabeus' success. Following an introduction evaluating the Jewish writings from all points of view, Part II gives detailed accounts of the battles, including the terrain and the tactics employed, analysing and commenting on the relevant narratives from the Book of Maccabees. Numerous appendices discuss individual problems vital to the reconstruction of the historical developments.

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139237918
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Transliteration of Hebrew
    Acknowledgements
    Prologue
    Part I. Historical Evaluation:
    1. Introduction
    2. The number of combatants on each side
    3. The armament and tactical composition of the Jewish army
    4. The ethnic origin and fighting capability of the Seleucid phalanx
    5. The Seleucid army and mountain warfare
    6. The military achievements of the Jewish forces
    7. The battlefields, tactics and leadership of Judas Maccabaeus
    Part II. Accounts of the Battles: Introduction, Text and Commentary:
    8. The sources: their date, provenance and characteristics
    9. The beginning of the Revolt and the battle against Apollonius
    10. The ambush for Seron at the Beth Horon Ascent
    11. The ceremony at Mizpah and the Ammaus campaign
    12. Lysias' first expedition and the raid near Beth Zur
    13. Lysias' second expedition and the battle at Beth Zacharia
    14. The negotiations with Nicanor and the encounter at Kafar Salama
    15. The battle of Adasa and Nicanor Day
    16. Bacchides' second expedition and the battle of Elasa
    Conclusion
    Appendices
    Excursus
    Plates
    Abbreviations
    References
    Indexe locorum
    general index
    Index of Greek terms
    Index of Hebrew words and phrases.

  • Author

    B. Bar-Kochva

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