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Unformatted text preview: 14:06 The texts of Maccabees 1 and 2 tell the story of the invasion of Jerusalem by Antiochus Epiphanes. He took many gold and silver items from the temple and left the people of Israel to mourn. A new ruler was appointed in Jerusalem who the Israelites believed to be good. He turned on them and proceeded to destroy the city. He destroyed the houses, started fires in the streets, and burnt Jewish texts. The King commanded all of the Jews to abandon and desecrate all they know or they will be killed. Many followed the gentiles in abandoning the Sabbath and eating food that was not holy. Mattathias and his 5 sons refused to succumb to the pressures and they hid in the wilderness in order to follow the ways of their fathers. After hearing of others in hiding who had been attacked on the Sabbath and done nothing, Mattathias and his...
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2009 for the course HUMA 2850 taught by Professor Weiser during the Spring '08 term at York University.
- Spring '08