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Bibil Identifier bibil:231436
Publication Type Journal article
Title (Polish, Long) Arcykapłan Jazon i jego zamierzenia wobec Jerozolimy w świetle Ksiąg Machabejskich
Title (Polish, ) High Priest Jason and His Projects with Regard to Jerusalem in the Light of Books of the Maccabees
Author Baran, Grzegorz M.
Journal The Biblical Annals (Volume: 3, Issue: 2, Other numbering: 60)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language Polish
Pages 261-284 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract As is apparent from an analysis of the Books of the Maccabees, Jason belonged
to the group of so-called Hellenized Jews, who took the initiative in introducing
Hellenistic customs in Jerusalem and Judea. Certainly, the office of High Priest, which
he captured through corruption, made him one of the leading figures in this process.
Two institutions which Jason founded, the gymnasium and ephebate, would have pushed
Jerusalem in the direction of other poleis of the Hellenistic world. It is difficult to say,
however, to what extent he actually managed to implement these projects. In Jerusalem
we do not know, for example, whether he managed only to create a so-called politeuma
or if he perhaps went further, converting the city into a true polis. As scholars show, Jason
probably wanted to connect “the old” with “the new”, i.e. to give Jerusalem the status
of a Greek polis on the one hand while, on the other, retaining the “native customs” and
loosening only their rigor. Perhaps his sudden loss of the post of High Priest caused the
projects he undertook to not be fully implemented.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Deuterocanonical : 1 and 2 Maccabees
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Hellenistic Period (333-63) : From the 2d cent. to the Roman Dominion (200-63) : Hellenists (175-167) : Jason
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : High Priest
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