Were the Hasmoneans Really Aniconic?

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With the abundance of evidence that the Israelites in the First Temple period did not strictly observe the Second Commandment banning images, it seems increasingly difficult to agree with the longstanding view that the Hasmoneans were aniconic. Given the fact that they were so deeply Hellenized, it might be more appropriate to refer to their selective practice of banning some sorts of art as "anti-idolic."


A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture



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