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.
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.
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.