Oil Upon Troubled Waters
"Therefore I believe that a wondrous breed of Jews will spring up from the earth. The Maccabees will rise again." --Theodor Herzl
The Maccabean rebellion began in 167 BCE. The origin of the rebellion was centuries in the making. It is the story of the conflict between the ancient religious culture of the Jews and the newer Hellenistic culture that was introduced by Alexander the Great.