John J. Collins, "Temple or Taxes? What Sparked the Maccabean Revolt?"

Joseph and Gertie Schwartz Memorial Lecture

The causes of the Maccabean revolt are a matter of perennial dispute. In a recent book, Sylvie Honigmann argues that it was entirely a matter of economics. The changes in the High Priesthood were brought about to facilitate increased taxation, and the revolt was the response to that increase. There was no religious persecution. This lecture will test that theory against the story and find it wanting. At issue is the question of what motivates people to radical action, such as rebellion, and whether religious and ideological considerations do not play a part, as well as economic pressures.

John J. Collins is the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School.

Date & Time
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street