5 Maccabees Chapter 33 (from The Five Books of Maccabees)


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P. 357 – 358 Book 5 B.C. 70 [PDF: 407/408 of p.524]

CHAPTER 33.1)Foot note p. 357 a. Compare Josephus, Ant. XIII. 24. Bell. I. 4.

(i) The account of the death of Alexandra.

1 After these things, Alexandra fell into a 2 disease, of which she died. [B.C. 70.] And when her recovery was almost despaired of, her son Aristobulus went out from Jerusalem by night, 3 attended by his servant : and he departed to Gabatha2)Foot note p. 357 b. Josephus says, Agaba ; and that the name of his friend was Galcestes., to a certain chief man among the 4 Sadducees, one of his friends ; and taking him with him, he proceeded to the cities where the Sadducees dwelt ; and opened to them his purpose, and exhorted them to go out with him, and to be his allies in war against his brother and the 5 Pharisees, and to appoint him king. To whom they assenting3)Foot note p. 357 c. Josephus’states, that his proposal was so well received, that within fifteen days he gained over to his cause two and twenty towns., openly played false with Alexandra, collecting men from every quarter to join Aristobulus. 6 When the fame of these things reached Hyrcanus the son of Alexandra, the high priest, and the elders of the Pharisees, they went to Alexandra, sick as she was, and related the matter to her ; 7 pressing on her the great fear which they had for her and her son Hyrcanus, from Aristobulus and 8 those who were with him. To whom she answered ; “I truly am near death, so that it is more proper and profitable for me to attend to my own affairs ; what therefore can I do, being p. 358 situated thus ? But my men, and my goods, and 9 my arms, are with you and in your hands ; therefore order the business as it seemeth to you right, imploring the aid of God upon your matters, and asking deliverance from Him.” Then she died. The amount of her age was 10 seventy-three years ; and the time of her reign nine years.


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. 357 a. Compare Josephus, Ant. XIII. 24. Bell. I. 4.
2. Foot note p. 357 b. Josephus says, Agaba ; and that the name of his friend was Galcestes.
3. Foot note p. 357 c. Josephus’states, that his proposal was so well received, that within fifteen days he gained over to his cause two and twenty towns.

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