5 Maccabees Chapter 46 (from The Five Books of Maccabees)


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P. 387 – 388 Book 5 B.C. 43 [PDF: 437/438 of p.524]

CHAPTER 46.1)Foot note p. 387 a. Compare Joseph. Antiq. XIV. 19. Bell. I. 9.

(i) The history of the death of Antipater.

1 Now the princes of Judah had taken counsel to slay Antipater ; and for that purpose had secretly set upon him a man who was called 2 Malchiah. And Malchiah made the attempt, but its 3 execution was delayed for a long time. And the report of it reached Antipater, who sought out 4 Malchiah to kill him : but Malchiah cleared himself in the sight of Antipater of the things whereof p. 388 he had been accused to him ; and sware to him that the report was groundless : and Antipater believed him, putting aside all suspicion from him. But Malchiah, having given a large sum of money 5 to Hyrcanus’ cup-bearer, agreed with him to give Antipater poison, while he was on the banqueting couch in the king’s presence. And the cup-bearer 6 did this, and king Antipater2)Foot note p. 388 b. I do not remember that this title is given to Antipater in any other passage. Caesar had made him procurator of Judaea ; but though he really had the supreme power, it does not appear that he ever possessed the throne or the name of king. It is said also, in the next verse, that “Hyrcanus substituted Malchiah in his place,” evidently implying a subordinate rank. died on that same day : and the thing was not by the design, nor with the knowledge, of the king. And when 7 Antipater was dead, Hyrcanus substituted Malchiah in his place.


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. 387 a. Compare Joseph. Antiq. XIV. 19. Bell. I. 9.
2. Foot note p. 388 b. I do not remember that this title is given to Antipater in any other passage. Caesar had made him procurator of Judaea ; but though he really had the supreme power, it does not appear that he ever possessed the throne or the name of king. It is said also, in the next verse, that “Hyrcanus substituted Malchiah in his place,” evidently implying a subordinate rank.

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