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Who were the ones who did not obey Antiochus?

This group was led by a Jewish priest, Mattathias, and his sons. “But Mattathias answered and said in a loud voice: ‘Even if all the nations that live under the rule of the king obey him, and have chosen to obey his commandments, every one of them abandoning the religion of their ancestors, I and my sons and my brothers will continue to live by the covenant of our ancestors.’” (NRSV, I Maccabees 2:19–20) So they rebelled with an assertive military campaign. The campaign became known as the Maccabean Revolt.


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