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Two short Essays, List the names of Jewish leaders who were important to the Intertestamental Period of Jewish history
Religion and Theology
Pages 3 (753 words)
Religion and Theology Intertestamental Period or the period that lies between the two testaments is marked with the significant contribution of several Jewish leaders to Jewish history. These leaders have contributed much to the identity of the Jews. Among them one of the prominent figures was Herod the Great, who proved himself a great as well as a ruthless king.
But towards the last part of his rule, he became ruthless and attacked everyone, including even his wives, feigning that everybody is trying to grab his power. Judas Maccabeus was the son of Mattathias. Maccabeus’ popularity lies not only because of his participation in the biblical history, but also because of his martial achievements. He proved his talents by leading the Maccabean Revolt. Judas displayed extraordinary skills as a leader, military tactician, and diplomat (Julius 2000). After attaining religious freedom, Judas and his friends turned their attention to politics. After the death of Judas Maccabeus, there came the leader Jonathon Maccabeus, the brother of Judas. Jonathan was a man of prudence and great skills (Julius 2000). As a diplomat, he could effectively utilise the internal strife of Seleucid and succeeded in expanding Jewish held territory and acquiring virtual independence. Jonathan was immediately followed after his death by his brother Simon, and he followed exactly what his brothers did. It was the strength of his military forces that forced the Seleucid king, Demetrius II to depend on Simon for help and support. The rulers followed after Simon, except the Antipater, were not much popular. Most of the leaders in the Intertestamental Period had kept secret plans with them. ...
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