James Stevenson Riggs A History of the Jewish People During the Maccabean and Roman Periods

A History of the Jewish People During the Maccabean and Roman Periods

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Excerpt from A History of the Jewish People During the Maccabean and Roman Periods: Including New Testament Times

As part of the history of the Jews from earliest days to the time when Christianity became independent of Judaism, the story of the Maccabean revolt and of the Roman domination has often been told. From the fact, however, that a large part of the story belongs to inter-testamental times, its interest has often been overshadowed by that of the strictly biblical history. Now the earnest historical study of the life and times of Jesus has brought us to a clearer realization of the vital importance of an understanding of the whole development of post-exilic Judaism. Every record of events and every piece of literature contributing toward that understanding has, therefore, been studied anew. In the light of the results of this study, we have attempted to tell the story. Whatever may be the comparative worth of these periods, they are certainly not surpassed in the annals of history in pathetic suffering and indomitable heroism. The brave struggle of a nation for the maintenance of its convictions is always of the deepest interest. Thereby not only its character, but also the value of its convictions is revealed. Pre-eminently is the study of these thrilling periods of the history of the Jews the study of just such a revelation, Judaism was under a searching test. Its beliefs and hopes were tried as by fire.

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