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  • Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites: David and Goliath

    World History → Judaism → David
    Recounts David's battle with Goliath, in which the young Israelite takes up the challenge of the mighty Philistine warrior and defeats him with a shepherd's sling.

  • Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites: The Revolt of the Maccabees

    World History → Judaism → Maccabees
    Records the start of the revolt led by the Maccabees against Seleucid rule. The Maccabees would go on to start an independent Jewish kingdom and events from their struggle are commemorated with the festival of Hanukkah.

  • Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites: Writing the Bible

    World History → Judaism → The Bible
    Contextualizes the first writing of the Bible, following the exile of many Israelites to Babylon. They attempted to preserve their culture and story by committing it to paper.

  • Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites: Hellenization and its Critics

    World History → Judaism → Seleucid Dynasty
    In the wake of Alexander the Great the Seleucid Greek Kingdom inherits Judea. Some Jews are willing to adopt Greek ways and integrate into the Seleucid fabric and others consider the changes an affront and seek to challenge it.

  • Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites: The Romans in Judea

    World History → Ancient Rome → Judea
    Examines the cultural confrontation between the powerful Roman Empire and the Jewish Kingdom of Judea as Roman power and influence grew in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Romans are fascinated by the Jewish religion and the Jewish people question subordination to Roman rule.