5 Maccabees Chapter 24 (from The Five Books of Maccabees)


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P. 338 – 339 Book 5 B.C. 105 [PDF: 388/389 of p.524]

CHAPTER 24.1)Foot note p. 338 a. Compare Joseph. Ant. XIII. 18. See also XIII. 20.

(i) The history of Lythras the son of Cleopatra, and of his marching out against his mother in Egypt.

1 Lythras the son of Cleopatra, having become strong in goods and in men, revolted from Cleopatra his mother [B.C. 105]; the chief men of the kingdom being his abettors. Therefore 2 Cleopatra, having sent for two Jews, one of whom was called Chelcias, and the other Hananias2)Foot note p. 338 b. Josephns states these to he the sons of that Onias, who, by leave of Ptolemy and Cleopatra, had built in Egypt a temple to God, after the pattern of the temple of Jerusalem; being moved to this by remembering the prophecy of Isaiah at ch. xix. 19: “In that day shall there he an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord.” See the particulars of the history detailed at Joseph. Ant. XIII. 6., placed them at the head of those princes of Egypt who remained on her side, and made them both generals of the Egyptian army. Now they 3 managed all matters well with the common people, and conducted the affairs of the empire with wisdom. Them Cleopatra sent to fight with Lythras ; 4 who going to him made war, and routed him, p. 339 putting his men to flight : and he fled to Cyprus, and there remained, with a few who adhered to him.


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. 338 a. Compare Joseph. Ant. XIII. 18. See also XIII. 20.
2. Foot note p. 338 b. Josephns states these to he the sons of that Onias, who, by leave of Ptolemy and Cleopatra, had built in Egypt a temple to God, after the pattern of the temple of Jerusalem; being moved to this by remembering the prophecy of Isaiah at ch. xix. 19: “In that day shall there he an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord.” See the particulars of the history detailed at Joseph. Ant. XIII. 6.

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