So around 300 BCE the Samaritans built their own shrine on Mount Gerizim as a rival to the Temple in Jerusalem; John Hyrcanus
destroyed the shrine ca.
When the Samaritans refused to join the Maccabean revolt and continued to reject the Jewish claim for the uniqueness of Jerusalem as the place to worship God, the Jewish high priest John Hyrcanus
treated the Samaritans as Gentiles and sealed the division between the two groups.
Eshel opts for John Hyrcanus
and his Jericho palace.
Simon's son, John Hyrcanus
, after initially facing a Seleucid siege of Jerusalem, finally ejected the Hellenists from the Land of Israel.
Beginning with the competition of Pharisees and Sadducees for influence in the courts of the Maccabean rulers John Hyrcanus
(135-104 BCE; Antiquities 13.
It was only in the reign of John Hyrcanus
, a generation after the initial Maccabee triumph, that the Hasmoneans could claim true independence.
c]), and copied a page of quotations against John Hyrcanus
(4QTest), as well as several additional scrolls.
Beginning with the second generation, the Hasmoneans began adopting Greek names in addition to their Hebrew ones: John Hyrcanus
I (134-104 B.
Indeed, not until several decades after Judah's death would a fully independent Jewish state (as opposed to a semi-autonomous Jewish region within the Seleucid Empire) emerge under the leadership of John Hyrcanus
, the son of Judah's younger brother, Simon.
the Hasmonean leader John Hyrcanus
destroyed the Samaritan temple on Mt.