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Hasmonean

Line breaks: Has¦mon|ean
Pronunciation: /ˌhazməˈnɪən
 
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Definition of Hasmonean in English:

adjective

Relating to or denoting the Jewish dynasty established by the Maccabees.
Example sentences
  • There is no mention of the Second Temple, the Maccabees, the Hasmonean kingdom, Herod the Great, or the Jewish wars against the Romans - all key points in the city's history.
  • The last two Hasmonean rulers (from the line of the Maccabees) were two brothers: Hyrcanus and Aristobolus.
  • They start a new ruling dynasty in Israel - the Hasmonean dynasty - which lasts for 103 years and which is marked by a terrible moral and religious decline.

noun

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A member of the Hasmonean dynasty.
Example sentences
  • It can be argued that, as a descendant of the Hasmoneans, Josephus was heir to some orally transmitted family traditions.
  • In First Maccabees none of the Hasmoneans are given the royal title, but they are addressed as leaders, while later John Hyrcanus will claim the title of king.
  • The next ruler is Yochanan Hyrcanus, and we can see from his name the Greek influence that is creeping in - the Hasmoneans are becoming Hellenized.

Origin

from modern Latin Asmonaeus (from Greek Asamonaios, the grandfather of Mattathias, head of the Maccabees in the 2nd century bc) + -an.

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