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In order to achieve such a goal, the law had to be inter preted and applied to the social, economic, and religious life of the people. Thus the Pharisees continued the work of the scribes. " In one report Josephus indicates that when John Hyrcanus (135-104) broke with them, the kingdom was governed by "the laws which [the Pharisees] had set up for the people" (Ant. 296). In their work of interpretation and application of the Mosaic law, the Pharisaic scribes probably worked in continuity with earlier scribes.
A little more than two decades after they had taken control of Palestine, the Seleucids were in desperate need of funds and also needed to consolidate their power vis-a-vis the increasingly restless oriental peoples. They naturally looked to the Hellenized "cities," led by wealthy aristocracies, for support, and were thus ready to pursue a more active policy of Hellenization. In 175 B . C E . " They first had the High Priest Onias Ill's brother Joshua, who assumed the Greek name Jason, depose Onias by purchasing the high priesthood for himself by offering Antiochus con siderably more than the usual tribute of 300 talents.
7:12-18). Then in 160 a sizable Seleu cid army defeated the peasant army, killed Judas himself, and persecuted his followers (1 Mace. 9:23-27). Formally, the 22 BANDITS, PROPHETS, AND MESSIAHS Seleucids and the Hellenizers continued to rule. But the only way the Hellenizing Judean aristocracy could exercise even a modicum of actual control was for the Seleucids to maintain a large occupation army to defend the enclaves of Hellenizers, for the Judean peasantry continued their pro tracted guerrilla warfare under the leadership of Judas' brother Jonathan.