5 Maccabees Chapter 26 (from The Five Books of Maccabees)


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P. 340 – 341 Book 5 B.C. 107/6 [PDF: 390/391 of p.524]

 

CHAPTER 26.1)Foot note p. 340 a. Compare Josephus, Ant. XIII. 18; Bell. I. 3.

(i) The account of Hyrcanus’ death, and of the time of his reign.

1 Hyrcanus had three sons, namely, Antigonus, Aristobulus, and Alexander. [B.C. 10 7/6] 2 And Hyrcanus loved Antigonus and Aristobulus; but Alexander was odious to him. And on a time he 3 saw in a dream, that of his sons, Alexander would reign after his death ; and this gave him uneasiness. And he did not think fit, while he lived, to 4 set up either of the sons whom he loved, on account of his vision ; nor to appoint Alexander p. 341 5 king, because he was disliked by him. Wherefore he deferred the business ; that after his death it might take that turn which should please the great and good God. 6 Now the Jews had been, in the time of his father and uncles, united in affection towards them ; and prompt to obey them, on account of their subduing of their enemies, and the excellent feats 7 which they performed. They also continued united in affection to Hyrcanus ; [B.C. 106] until the slaughter of the Pharisees was committed, by him, and the rooting out of the Jews, and the 8 civil wars on account of religion. From hence sprung perpetual enmities, and ceaseless evils, and many murders. Which was the reason why many 9 detested Hyrcanus. Now the time of his reign was thirty-one2)Foot note p. 341 b. Josephus, in one book, says thirty-one years ; in another, thirty-three: but archbishop Ussher allows him only twenty-nine years’ reign ; in which case we must place his death in B.C. 107. years, and he died.


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


References   [ + ]

1. Foot note p. 340 a. Compare Josephus, Ant. XIII. 18; Bell. I. 3.
2. Foot note p. 341 b. Josephus, in one book, says thirty-one years ; in another, thirty-three: but archbishop Ussher allows him only twenty-nine years’ reign ; in which case we must place his death in B.C. 107.

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