The first book of the Maccabees

“As with all political movements, the advance of Greek customs in Judaea had created two rivalling factions – the Jews who wished to remain with their ancestral customs and religion (‘conservatives’) and the Jews who wished to ‘move with the world’ (‘progressives’).”

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On the Jewish priest Esdras (aka. Ezra, memorial day, the 13th of July)

“…the last half millenium of the history of the Hebrew people before the birth of Christ. It was during this period that the specific Jewish identity was fashioned and strengthened as the people fortified Jerusalem…”

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