How the Greek-Jewish conflict became a Roman-Jewish conflict
For those interested in (and worried about) the fate of the modern state of Israel, and the survival of the Jewish people, this chapter may prove especially interesting. One of the main topics discussed is the heroic Maccabean revolt, in which poorly armed but very brave Jewish peasants defeated a Greco-Macedonian attempt to destroy Judaism in Judah. These brave Torah-faithful Jews were not merely fighting the Greco-Macedonians (the fiercest soldiers in the world); they were fighting also a rather large contingent of renegade Jews (especially Jews in the upper classes and their retainers) who allied treasonously with the foreign invaders. This is a pattern that has occurred repeatedly in Jewish history, and that is repeating itself today. As the philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The patriotic Jews and their Gentile allies must urgently acquaint themselves with the past if they are to understand their present situation in time to avert being condemned to repeat the horrific Catastrophes of ancient and recent eras.