Friday, October 23, 2015

The Attack in 63 BCE on the Temple by Herod to keep Hyrcanus King (Pompey's War was a later Roman Editor's Myth)

The date of 63 BCE has been regarded by all scholars as being the end of Hasmonean rule in Judea and the beginning of direct Roman rule.  Roman rule under Augustus began by the mutual consent of Herod.  What really happened is revealed in Antiquities Book 15.  Defeat of the Jews by Pompey and Roman rule from 63 BCE is a myth created by Church Fathers, as Roman propaganda.   It was Herod who defeated the forces of Antigonus and thus kept his future father-in-law Hyrcanus as king.  Herod although not a Hasmonean was to maintain the Hasmonean prophetic tradition in a continuous family rule that ran from Judas the Maccabean up to 66 CE.  From the time of Judas, the priests were disenfranchised, thrown out of the temple, writing their Scrolls in secret.  The Scrolls were captured by the king Hyrcanus, and kept under lock and key.   The priests later rebelled, ransacked Agrippa's archives and deposited the Scrolls in the Judean desert.