Posts Categorized: Palestine

PALESTINE BEFORE THE BIRTH OF JESUS, PART 2: PERSECUTION, APOCALYPSE, AND MESSIAHS

Posted by & filed under Apocalypse, Birth of Christ, Christmas, Christmas Story, Good and Evil, Jesus, Judea, Messiah, Palestine, Religious Persecution.

TweetShare In yesterday’s post, I talked about the religious and political divisiveness in ancient Palestine that had to do with various groups of Jewish citizens: The Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots and Essenes. Another source of seething hostility in Palestine was a strange and completely new experience of the times, the phenomenon called ‘Religious Persecution’. People had…
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THE CHANUKAH STORY, PART 1: THE REIGN OF TERROR

Posted by & filed under Antiochus, Biblical History, Chanukah, Chanukah Story, Hanukkah, Judah Maccabee, Meaning of Religious Symbols, Menorah, Palestine, Temple in Jerusalem.

Tweet Share After the death of Alexander the Great, his three generals divvied up his Empire. The Greek city-states went to Antigonus. The northern region from Persia through Babylonia and Assyria was taken by Seleucis. The southern region, including Egypt and Palestine, was taken by Ptolemy. For 125 years, the Ptolemies (i.e., Ptolemy I, Ptolemy…
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