5 Maccabees Chapter 22 (from The Five Books of Maccabees)


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P. 335 – 336 Book 5 B.C. 127 [PDF: 385/386 of p.524]

CHAPTER 22.1)Foot note p. 335 a. Compare Josephus, Ant. XIII. 17; but his account varies in some particulars from that which is given here.

(i) The copy of the Romans’ letter to Hyrcanus.

1 From the elder, and his three hundred and twenty governors, to Hyrcanus the king 2 of Judah, health. [B.C. 127] Your letter has even now reached us, on reading which we rejoiced; and we have questioned your ambassadors 3 concerning the state of your affairs. Also we have acknowledged their place of dignity in science, p. 336 moral discipline, and the virtues ; and we have honoured them, and made them sit in the presence of our elder : who has been careful to 4 transact all their business, giving command that all the cities which Antiochus had taken away by force should be restored to you ; and that 5 every obstacle to the exercise of your religion should be removed ; and that all should be made void which Antiochus had decreed against you. He has also commanded that all the cities 6 which he had taken should continue faithful to you; he has likewise given orders by letter to all his provinces, that your ambassadors should be treated with respect and honour. Moreover 7 he has sent with them an ambassador to you named Cynaeus, bearing a letter ; to whom also he has entrusted an embassy, that he might treat with you in person.

Therefore when this epistle of the Romans had 8 [B.C. 126] reached Hyrcanus, he began to be styled king, being formerly called high priest: and thus the royal and sacerdotal dignities were united in him. And he was the first who was 9 called king among the chiefs of the Jews in the time of the second house.


Original Source: Transcribed from PDF copy of Book "The Five Books of Maccabees in English. With Notes and Illustrations", by HENRY COTTON, D.C.L.(Sir) Archdeacon of Cashel, and Late Student of Christ Church, Oxford. Publication date 1832 | PDF


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1. Foot note p. 335 a. Compare Josephus, Ant. XIII. 17; but his account varies in some particulars from that which is given here.

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