List the Names of Jewish Leaders Who Were Important to the Intertestamental Period of Jewish History; Also Give Their Distinctive Contributions to Jewish History. How Did These Individuals Use Their Contributions to

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List the names of Jewish leaders who were important to the Intertestamental Period of Jewish history; also give their distinctive contributions to Jewish history. How did these individuals use their contributions to prepare for the coming of the Messiah and the founding of the church? Which contributions continue to have an impact on the church today? What modern or recent movements are similar to these?

There were several leaders that were important to the Intertestamental Period. Each of these leaders contributed to the identity of the Jews. Herod the Great was the Governor of Galilee under the authority of Roman rule and under his influence Israel was able to keep their daily activities such as meet in synagogues, gather for public meals, keep the Sabbath Day. Matthias rallied a band of Jews together and waged war against Syria to end their rule over Palestine. This was a great military battle. The Hasidim leader, Judas Maccabeus, led what is known as the Maccabean Revolt. The war waged lasted many years until 165 B.C., when Jerusalem had been freed of Selucid control and the temple was reclaimed. The Essenes, Sadducees, and Pharisees were formed under the rule (S, 84). After Judas Maccabeus, there came the leader Jonathon Maccabeus. He took over the leadership of the Maccabean revolt after the death of his elder brother. He also continued the spread of the Jewish control to new lands. Each of these important leaders in the Intertestamental Period forged an unknowing plan that aided Jesus Christ in carrying out the business of his Father.The Intertestamental period centered around a great deal of violence, thievery, and war. This created a mark upon the land that continues to this day throughout the world of waging “holy wars” and "jihads". It can also be argued that church leadership today face similar issues to those of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes as ministry becomes compartmentalized and isolated by departments within churches.
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