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The Hellenistic age : political history of Jewish Palestine from 332 B.C.E. to 67 B.C.E. by Abraham Schalit
The Herodian period (The World history of the Jewish People : Ancient times ; 1st ser., v. 7) by Michael Avi-Yonah
A history of Israel from Alexander the Great to Bar Kochba by H. Jagersma
How the Bible Became Holy by Michael L. Satlow
Israelite and Judaean history by John H. Hayes
The Rise and Fall of the Judean State by Solomon Zeitlin

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Alexander Jannaeus (died 76 B.C.E.): High Priest and ruler of the Jews. The third son of John Hyrcanus I, he assumed his titles when his older brother Aristobulus I died. His birth name was probably Jonathan; the name "Alexander Jannaeus" is a hellenization of that name. Most of what we know about him comes from Josephus, who depicts him as a cruel man with a strong lust for power but limited competence. There are hints, however, that the Qumran sectaries approved of him. He at least held Judea together; after his death, things came apart very quicklu.

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