“The war of the Maccabees was the world’s first ideological war, fought by a small band of pious Talmudic scholars who engaged in cutting stealth warfare.” Aish.com
No. No, no and no.
Talmudic scholars? Really?
The War of the Maccabees wasn’t the first ideological war in history. Not if by ideological war you mean a conflict over beliefs.
And Talmudic scholars? Even by the whole “Yaakov Avinu learned in Yeshiva for twenty years” school of logic this doesn’t pass muster. How do you have Talmudic scholars before the Mishna? How do you have Talmudic scholars before Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi?
The Maccabees were Kohanim. They were also scholarly. We know they were educated. But does Aish have to sell its BT learning programs with a statement so risible?