Chris Seeman

Chris Seeman


Chris Seeman, PhD (2002), University of California at Berkeley, is Associate Professor of Theology at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. His publications include Rome and Judea in Transition: Hasmonean Relations with the Roman Republic and the Evolution of the High Priesthood (New York: Lang, 2013) and, with Paul Spilsbury, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Judean Antiquities 11 (Leiden: Brill, 2017).

AntiochusIV Epiphanes coin


The Maccabees/Hasmoneans, a prominent priestly Jewish family, freed Judea from foreign rule and established the first monarchy to rule Israel after the exile.



Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that celebrates the rededication of the Jerusalem temple, following its profanation by the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV, by the Maccabees.