The books of 1 & 2 Maccabees are part of the Apochrophya of the Old Testament.
When it comes to tracking the chronology, it is always good to find more details in extra -biblical sources.
In this study, we will need to jump into some of these to find the proof we need to confirm what the Bible is telling us and to place it within these other chronologies.
Sources of information In addition to our Bible we will also need: 1.
The book of the Maccabees (1 Maccabees) – Most of you will be aware of a very small part of this book from the story of Chanukah.
He was of priestly descend and served as a general in the first Jewish war of 66–73 C. After the Jewish garrison of Yodfat fell under siege, the Romans invaded, killing thousands; the survivors committed suicide.
Josephus surrendered to the Roman forces and became a prisoner.
In 71, he went to Rome in the entourage of Titus, becoming a Roman citizen and client of the ruling Flavian dynasty (hence he is often referred to as Flavius Josephus — see below).
—PDF Version here— We have established that we should keep the sabbatical year, even if we are not living in Israel. You will need to do some digging in your Bible and the history books to find the answers. Prepare yourself for a detailed and somewhat technical discussion to prove this important point.
The following question we need to answer for ourselves then is: Exactly, when is the next sabbatical year? Before you can do any serious investigations into any historical chronologies, you first need to learn that we have many different calendars to deal with; all of them correct and a lot of them referring to the same time period.
Every culture that dominates the world feels the need to create their own “new” way of keeping track of time.
This makes live a bit more complicated for us, when we need to link the timelines of two sources together. Does the Bible not contain everything we need (sola scriptura)?