A History of the Hasmonean State Josephus and Beyond

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Kenneth Atkinson, A History of the Hasmonean State: Josephus and Beyond. JCT 23. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. Hardback. Pp. ix + 210. $122. ISBN 9780567669025.

A new book on the history of the Hasmonean state promises to be intriguing. It has the potential to include not only the relationship with Rome, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, the Nabateans and the conquest of Hellenistic cities, but also internal affairs related to culture, society, religion and economics. Atkinson’s book, however, concentrates on political history, mainly based on Josephus, but also using Hellenistic sources, numismatic evidence, and at times the results of archaeological excavations and surveys.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)116-118
Number of pages3
JournalDead Sea Discoveries
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2019


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