Monday, December 25, 2017

A Maccabean battle at Shilo

BELATED HANUKKAH-RELATED NEWS: Ancient findings show how Maccabees defeated the Greeks. Archeological excavation in Shilo reveals ancient Greek community attacked by the Maccabees in the Great Revolt, showing the great battle that took place at the site (Elisha Ben Kimon, YnetNews).
Rare finds discovered in excavations conducted in ancient Shilo in Binyamin show how the Maccabees defeated the Greeks there.

A Hellenistic (Greek) structure that was destroyed during the Maccabean Revolt, which broke out following the religious decrees of Antiochus IV, was discovered in the excavations.

The discoveries more "show that" than "show how," but are significant nonetheless. Incidentally, the phrase "Great Revolt" is usually reserved for the first revolt against Rome in 66-70 CE. This article is about the Maccabean Revolt in 167-164 BCE.

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