Religious war, in the Maccabean era and in our time – Anshel Pfeffer – Haaretz 04.12.15 In the terms of polite Western debate, if you point out the obvious – that the great monotheistic religions are not predisposed to peace and brotherhood, you are immediately branded either as an Islamophobe or a militant atheist, or both. But it’s not only Islam… The Hasmoneans were traditionalist Jewish zealots – they killed Jewish Hellenists before they had enough power to take on the Seleucid Empire.
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