the denial of God and the repudiation of faith
The jewish feast of dediaction, which celebrates the recovery and purification of the temple from the syrians in 164 B.C.
descendants of the Maccabees who ruled in judea after the ousting of the last of the syrians in 141 bc until the establishment of roman authority in 63 bc
the duffusion of greek culture throughout the Mediterranean world after the conquest of Alexander the great.
the name of the northern kindom that split with judah after the death of solomon
the name of the southern kingdom after the splitting of the monarchy. it included the territory originally belonging to just 2 of the 12 tribes
the 10 tribes of the northern kingdom who disappeared from history after being enslaved and exiled by the assyrians
the "anointed" one promised by the old testament prophets. he would be a descendant of david who would set up and ideal kingdom ruled by and adopted son. he would preach the law in truth and would sacrifice his life for the people. jesus fulfills the prophecies about the messiah
a hebrew word for a jewish master ir teacher of the torah
a day of the rest and prayer for the jewish people on the seventh day of the week
descendants of a mixed population of israelites who survived the assyrian deportations and various pagan settlers imported after the northern kingdom fell. they worshipped YHWH in mount gerizim but considered only the pentateuch to be divinely inspired
a meeting place for the jews for study and prayer to foster study for the law and adherence to the covenant code.