Are the Hasmoneans legitimised as kings in 1 Maccabees?
Choi, Dongbin (2014) Are the Hasmoneans legitimised as kings in 1 Maccabees? MRes thesis, University of Nottingham.
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Concerning the belief about continuation of the Davidic dynasty in the Second Temple Jewish literature, the present study seeks to understand how the belief may have been understood in 1 Maccabees. Specifically, it asks whether the Hasmoneans are legitimised as kings in the book, replacing the Davidic dynasty. Through examining relevant passages such as 2:57, 5:62, 14:25–49, and 14:41, it is argued that the author of 1 Maccabees does not present the Hasmoneans as legitimate kings. Instead, he preserves the traditional belief that the Davidic dynasty will continue.
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