Postgraduate Course: The Maccabaean Revolt (PGHC11487)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The Maccabaean Revolt is one of the most important events of Hellenistic history. And yet everything about the "religious persecution" of 168 BC and Maccabaean resistance to it is debated - what happened, who was responsible, and why? This course discusses recent advances made in Historical and Archaeological scholarship that elucidate both the events themselves and the context in which they unfolded.
The traditional narrative surrounding the Maccabaean Revolt is fairly simple. A Greek king wanted to eradicate Judaism, but the Jews, led by the heroic Maccabees, fought back and prevailed. This story still has its uses in modern foundation myths, but it has long been argued that things were in fact much more complex. The motivations of Antiochus IV on the one hand and the resistance fighters of the other have been interpreted in various ways, leading to wildly different conceptions of the whole sequence of events. New narratives have recently been published that call into question the very reality of the persecution, and give completely different accounts of the real reasons for the revolt. While no new consensus is in sight, a number of new finds - inscriptions, archaeological remains, previously unrecognized parallels elsewhere - shed important light on this crucial moment in Hellenistic history. Focusing on a very limited timespan (ca. 200 to 152 BC), this course explores how recent advances and old insights can help to understand the events in their historical context.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the sources and debates surrounding the Maccabean revolt;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship and popular debates surrounding the topic;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|J. Bernhardt, Die jüdische Revolution, Berlin 2017.|
K. Bringmann, Hellenistische Reform und Religionsverfolgung in Judäa, Göttingen 1983.
S. Cohen, The Beginnings of Jewishness, Berkeley 1999.
B. Eckhardt, Ethnos und Herrschaft, Berlin 2013.
E. Gruen, Heritage and Hellenism, Berkeley 1998.
S. Honigman, Tales of High Priests and Taxes, Oakland 2014.
E. Nodet, La crise maccabéenne, Paris 2005.
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|Course organiser||Dr Benedikt Eckhardt
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110