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Unformatted text preview: fighting practiced the same religion, and believed in the same basic laws, yet fight still occurred between the groups. 2.) After reading the textbook and the library reserve reading, I notice that both the textbook and the reserve similarly end around the time of the Hasmonean rule, however the book does not include much detail about the Hasmonean empire, it simply mentions its rise and fall. I think the book should include details of how leadership was weak in the government, and the set norms of the time period. Norms such as obligations to make a pilgrimage to temple three times, donating shekel to Temple, offerings to sacrifice to expiate sin, and total prohibition of any form of idolatry. All of these things are great descriptions of how the Hasmoneans governed, as well as explaining why imported Rhodian wine was prohibited. If the book included some of these things, it would be easier to see how the governing bodies changed from the Hasmoneans to the Romans gradually....
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- Spring '08