The Hasmonean and Maccabees coins in this category have been discovered on archaeological excavations in the Israel.
These coins were minted from 135 to 37 B. Read More...
C by the Hasmonean rules of Israel 1 Maccabees 2:9-15 describes the decree of Antioch were the Hasmoenean rulers were given permission to mint their own coins.
During the Jewish holiday of Feast of Tabernacles, Alexander Jannaeus, while officiating as the High Priest at the Temple in Jerusalem, demonstrated his displeasure against the Pharisees by refusing to perform the water libation ceremony properly: instead of pouring it on the altar, he poured it on his feet. The crowd responded with shock at his mockery and showed their displeasure by pelting Alexander with the etrogim (citrons) that they were holding in their hands. Outraged, he ordered soldiers to kill those who insulted him, more than 6,000 people in the Temple courtyard were massacred.
This incident during the Feast of Tabernacles was a major factor leading up to the Judean Civil War by igniting popular opposition to Jannaeus.
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