Salome Alexandra

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Salome Alexandra:

see MaccabeesMaccabees
or Machabees
, Jewish family of the 2d and 1st cent. B.C. that brought about a restoration of Jewish political and religious life. They are also called Hasmoneans or Asmoneans after their ancestor, Hashmon.
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, Jewish family.
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Queen Salome Alexandra was 64 years old when she began her rule of Judea from 76 to 67 BCE; during her reign, she brought pagans and Jews together in what was later known throughout the region as a golden age.
setting--conservative (Sadducean) opposition to growing Pharisaic influence under Queen Salome Alexandra and her son Hyrcanus II (the "Wicked Priest")--better explains those few texts that contain historical allusions.