Ruling After Alexander: Gone Bad
Background.... 335 B.C.
aLEXANDER TAKES OVER
Death of Alexander the Macedonian
Alexander had reigned for 12 years when he died. Civil war broke out and the kingdom was divided:
- One ruler in Greece
- Ptolemies in Egypt
- Seleucids in the Persian Empire (Palestine was under the Ptolemies at first, but the Seleucids conquered it)
September, 175 B.C.
Under Antiochus, the high priests were the rulers of the people. But he gave the positions to the people who paid the most, not to who really deserved them.
Since the high priesthood was in the hands of rich Hellenists, it was easy for the Jewish people to adopt Greek customs and to forget their religion. Soon, even the faithful priests joined in the Hellenistic culture.
Hellenism was Worse than They Thought
Jewish people STAY STRONG
The Final Straw
they have had enough
They never thought that the resistance would be successful but it was better to die than be unfaithful to God. Against all odds, they were successful. Within 3 years, faithful Jews were able to take back and rededicate the Temple.