Question: In the 3rd century BC, the Egyptian King Philadelphus invited the Jewish sages to translate the Torah into Greek. That is how the Bible came about. Before that, the sages told the king how to rule correctly, what the relationships between people should be like. In fact, he took their idea and wanted to bring it to life in his empire.
But after the Jews themselves began to assimilate and adopt the laws of their neighbors, the king’s followers changed their minds. In particular, Antiochus IV Epiphanes from the Seleucid dynasty first issued a decree on respect for the Temple and the way of life of the Jews, but when they began to adopt the traditions of the Hellenists, a confrontation arose that led to the revolt of the Maccabees.
Interestingly, the Maccabees’ war was not waged with the Greeks, but with the Hellenistic Jews.
Who are they? And why was the war waged against its own people?
Answer: The fact is that among the Jews there appeared to be a huge number of people who advocated adherence to Greek philosophy, ideology, world-view, and societal structure.
Question: So is this where the unrest between the people emerged?
Answer: Only here! It was always exclusively between the people. This is how the saying came about: Leave the Jews alone and they will destroy themselves.
Thus, the departure of the Jews from their ideology laid the foundation for anti-Semitism. If we are disconnected, this law is activated and we cause hatred toward ourselves. A good attitude toward us turns bad.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel,” 7/8/19