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Maccabean Revolt Against the Greek Seleucid Kingdom in the Judean Desert Revealed

“ Then many who were seeking righteousness and justice went down to the wilderness to dwell there: they, their sons, their wives, and their cattle, because evils pressed heavily upon them. And it was reported to the king's officers, and the troops in Jerusalem in the city of David, that men who had rejected the king's command had gone down to hiding places in the wilderness. Many pursued them and overtook them; they encamped opposite them and prepared for battle against them on the sabbath day…. and they died, with their wives and children and cattle, about a thousand persons.” (I Maccabees 2:29–37).