The Land of Israel in the Hellenistic Age
Among the exports to Egypt from Palestine and southern Syria were grain, olive oil, smoked fish, cheese, meat, dried figs, honey, dates, and other products. Palestine also assumed importance as a crossroads for the spice trade. In contrast with what we know about Ptolemaic affairs in Palestine, we have virtually no information about Jewish political developments.
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Judea continued to be governed by the high priest and the priestly aristocracy. The end result of the dispute was the appointment, in B. The rivalry between the Tobiad family and the Oniad high priests eventually played a part in the attempted radical Hellenization of Judea later on in the second century B.
When this attempt failed, he persisted in seeking an opportunity to gain control of this important land bridge. By the time the Ptolemaic sway over Palestine came to an end, Greek cities had been established throughout the country, and Hellenism had sunk strong foundations, ultimately to tear the nation apart before Judea regained its independence. In the years of conflict between the Ptolemies and Seleucids each of the rivals was supported by a Jewish party or faction.
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The Gerousia, or council of elders, mentioned for the first time in sources from this era, backed the Seleucids. Indeed, the high priest Simeon the Just ca. He must have regained the power over taxation, which had been assigned to Joseph ben Tobiah and was now charged with refurbishing the Temple and the city.
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