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Septuagint, 2 Maccabees, 2.26

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1. Polybius, Histories, 31.9 (2nd cent. BCE - 2nd cent. BCE)

31.9. 1.  In Syria King Antiochus, wishing to provide himself with money, decided to make an expedition against the sanctuary of Artemis in Elymaïs.,2.  On reaching the spot he was foiled in his hopes, as the barbarian tribes who dwelt in the neighbourhood would not permit the outrage,,3.  and on his retreat he died at Tabae in Persia, smitten with madness, as some people say,,4.  owing to certain manifestations of divine displeasure when he was attempting this outrage on the above sanctuary. IV. Affairs of Italy The Rival Ptolemie
2. Septuagint, 1 Maccabees, 6.1-6.2, 6.5-6.13, 8.17, 13.41-13.42, 14.12-14.49 (2nd cent. BCE - 2nd cent. BCE)

6.1. King Antiochus was going through the upper provinces when he heard that Elymais in Persia was a city famed for its wealth in silver and gold. 6.2. Its temple was very rich, containing golden shields, breastplates, and weapons left there by Alexander, the son of Philip, the Macedonian king who first reigned over the Greeks. 6.5. Then some one came to him in Persia and reported that the armies which had gone into the land of Judah had been routed; 6.6. that Lysias had gone first with a strong force, but had turned and fled before the Jews; that the Jews had grown strong from the arms, supplies, and abundant spoils which they had taken from the armies they had cut down; 6.7. that they had torn down the abomination which he had erected upon the altar in Jerusalem; and that they had surrounded the sanctuary with high walls as before, and also Beth-zur, his city. 6.8. When the king heard this news, he was astounded and badly shaken. He took to his bed and became sick from grief, because things had not turned out for him as he had planned. 6.9. He lay there for many days, because deep grief continually gripped him, and he concluded that he was dying. 6.10. So he called all his friends and said to them, "Sleep departs from my eyes and I am downhearted with worry. 6.11. I said to myself, `To what distress I have come! And into what a great flood I now am plunged! For I was kind and beloved in my power. 6.12. But now I remember the evils I did in Jerusalem. I seized all her vessels of silver and gold; and I sent to destroy the inhabitants of Judah without good reason. 6.13. I know that it is because of this that these evils have come upon me; and behold, I am perishing of deep grief in a strange land. 8.17. So Judas chose Eupolemus the son of John, son of Accos, and Jason the son of Eleazar, and sent them to Rome to establish friendship and alliance 13.41. In the one hundred and seventieth year the yoke of the Gentiles was removed from Israel 13.42. and the people began to write in their documents and contracts, "In the first year of Simon the great high priest and commander and leader of the Jews. 14.12. Each man sat under his vine and his fig tree,and there was none to make them afraid. 14.13. No one was left in the land to fight them,and the kings were crushed in those days. 14.14. He strengthened all the humble of his people;he sought out the law,and did away with every lawless and wicked man. 14.16. It was heard in Rome, and as far away as Sparta, that Jonathan had died, and they were deeply grieved. 14.17. When they heard that Simon his brother had become high priest in his place, and that he was ruling over the country and the cities in it 14.18. they wrote to him on bronze tablets to renew with him the friendship and alliance which they had established with Judas and Jonathan his brothers. 14.19. And these were read before the assembly in Jerusalem. 14.20. This is a copy of the letter which the Spartans sent: "The rulers and the city of the Spartans to Simon the high priest and to the elders and the priests and the rest of the Jewish people, our brethren, greeting. 14.21. The envoys who were sent to our people have told us about your glory and honor, and we rejoiced at their coming. 14.22. And what they said we have recorded in our public decrees, as follows, `Numenius the son of Antiochus and Antipater the son of Jason, envoys of the Jews, have come to us to renew their friendship with us. 14.23. It has pleased our people to receive these men with honor and to put a copy of their words in the public archives, so that the people of the Spartans may have a record of them. And they have sent a copy of this to Simon the high priest. 14.24. After this Simon sent Numenius to Rome with a large gold shield weighing a thousand minas, to confirm the alliance with the Romans. 14.25. When the people heard these things they said, "How shall we thank Simon and his sons? 14.26. For he and his brothers and the house of his father have stood firm; they have fought and repulsed Israels enemies and established its freedom. 14.27. So they made a record on bronze tablets and put it upon pillars on Mount Zion. This is a copy of what they wrote: "On the eighteenth day of Elul, in the one hundred and seventy-second year, which is the third year of Simon the great high priest 14.28. in Asaramel, in the great assembly of the priests and the people and the rulers of the nation and the elders of the country, the following was proclaimed to us: 14.29. Since wars often occurred in the country, Simon the son of Mattathias, a priest of the sons of Joarib, and his brothers, exposed themselves to danger and resisted the enemies of their nation, in order that their sanctuary and the law might be perserved; and they brought great glory to their nation. 14.30. Jonathan rallied the nation, and became their high priest, and was gathered to his people. 14.31. And when their enemies decided to invade their country and lay hands on their sanctuary 14.33. He fortified the cities of Judea, and Beth-zur on the borders of Judea, where formerly the arms of the enemy had been stored, and he placed there a garrison of Jews. 14.34. He also fortified Joppa, which is by the sea, and Gazara, which is on the borders of Azotus, where the enemy formerly dwelt. He settled Jews there, and provided in those cities whatever was necessary for their restoration. 14.35. The people saw Simons faithfulness and the glory which he had resolved to win for his nation, and they made him their leader and high priest, because he had done all these things and because of the justice and loyalty which he had maintained toward his nation. He sought in every way to exalt his people. 14.36. And in his days things prospered in his hands, so that the Gentiles were put out of the country, as were also the men in the city of David in Jerusalem, who had built themselves a citadel from which they used to sally forth and defile the environs of the sanctuary and do great damage to its purity. 14.37. He settled Jews in it, and fortified it for the safety of the country and of the city, and built the walls of Jerusalem higher. 14.38. In view of these things King Demetrius confirmed him in the high priesthood 14.39. and he made him one of the kings friends and paid him high honors. 14.40. For he had heard that the Jews were addressed by the Romans as friends and allies and brethren, and that the Romans had received the envoys of Simon with honor. 14.41. And the Jews and their priests decided that Simon should be their leader and high priest for ever, until a trustworthy prophet should arise 14.42. and that he should be governor over them and that he should take charge of the sanctuary and appoint men over its tasks and over the country and the weapons and the strongholds, and that he should take charge of the sanctuary 14.43. and that he should be obeyed by all, and that all contracts in the country should be written in his name, and that he should be clothed in purple and wear gold. 14.44. And none of the people or priests shall be permitted to nullify any of these decisions or to oppose what he says, or to convene an assembly in the country without his permission, or to be clothed in purple or put on a gold buckle. 14.45. Whoever acts contrary to these decisions or nullifies any of them shall be liable to punishment. 14.46. And all the people agreed to grant Simon the right to act in accord with these decisions. 14.47. So Simon accepted and agreed to be high priest, to be commander and ethnarch of the Jews and priests, and to be protector of them all. 14.48. And they gave orders to inscribe this decree upon bronze tablets, to put them up in a conspicuous place in the precincts of the sanctuary 14.49. and to deposit copies of them in the treasury, so that Simon and his sons might have them.
3. Septuagint, 2 Maccabees, 1.1-2.18, 1.7, 1.13, 1.14, 1.16, 1.31, 1.33, 1.34, 1.35, 1.36, 2.19, 2.20, 2.21, 2.22, 2.23, 2.24, 2.25, 2.27, 2.28, 2.29, 2.30, 2.31, 2.32, 3, 3.1, 3.1-4.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.16, 4.17, 4.30, 4.31, 4.32, 4.33, 4.34, 4.35, 4.36, 4.37, 4.38, 5, 5.17, 5.18, 5.19, 5.20, 5.26, 6, 6.12, 6.13, 6.14, 6.15, 6.16, 6.17, 6.18-7.42, 7, 7.6, 7.33, 7.37, 7.42, 8, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.17, 8.29, 9, 9.8, 9.10, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 11, 12.1, 12.10, 12.11, 12.24, 12.25, 12.31, 14, 14.6, 14.11, 14.18, 15.12, 15.13, 15.14, 15.15, 15.16, 15.37, 15.38, 15.39 (2nd cent. BCE - 2nd cent. BCE)

4. Diodorus Siculus, Historical Library, None (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

5. Josephus Flavius, Jewish Antiquities, 13.354-13.356 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

13.354. But Aias’s counsel was contrary to theirs, who said that “she would do an unjust action if she deprived a man that was her ally of that authority which belonged to him, and this a man who is related to us; for,” said he, “I would not have thee ignorant of this, that what injustice thou dost to him will make all us that are Jews to be thy enemies.” 13.355. This desire of Aias Cleopatra complied with, and did no injury to Alexander, but made a league of mutual assistance with him at Scythopolis, a city of Celesyria. 13.356. 3. So when Alexander was delivered from the fear he was in of Ptolemy, he presently made an expedition against Celesyria. He also took Gadara, after a siege of ten months. He took also Amathus, a very strong fortress belonging to the inhabitants above Jordan, where Theodorus, the son of Zeno, had his chief treasure, and what he esteemed most precious. This Zeno fell unexpectedly upon the Jews, and slew ten thousand of them, and seized upon Alexander’s baggage.

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alexander the great see hellenistic kings/\nalexandria" Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213
antiochus iv epiphanes,death of Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 37
antiochus iv epiphanes Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 4, 27
antiochus v eupator Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 27
apollonius son of menestheus Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 4, 27
apollonius son of thraseas Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 4, 27
author,of 2 maccabees,preface Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 16, 24, 519
author,of 2 maccabees,reflections of Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 24
author,of 2 maccabees Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 17, 24, 34, 37
beth-zur,accounts Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 34
conventions or themes,moral focus Crabb (2020), Luke/Acts and the End of History, 45
covenants' Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 27
covenants Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 34
diaspora Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213
epitomator,see also author Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 17, 25, 37
epitomizing Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 175
externality Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 4, 37
first-person singular Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 24, 37, 513
glosses Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 37
hanukkah,holiday of Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 24, 37
hasmonean dynasty Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213
heliodorus Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 4
hellenism/hellenistic period Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213
history Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213
identity,jewish Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213
idyll Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 132
jason (high priest) Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 4
jason of cyrene Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213; Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 16
jason son of eleazar Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 175
judas maccabaeus Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 132
language,see also under style Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 68
letter,first,2 macc. Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 132
letter,second,2 macc. Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 132
letters,distinctiveness,see also hanukkah narrative Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 4
letters,semitic vorlage Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 132
letters Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 37, 132, 519
martyrdom Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 17
martyrologies,as secondary source Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 24, 25
martyrologies Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 37
moses Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 132
motifs (thematic),games with epiphanes Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 25
motifs (thematic),god turns away in anger Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 68
motifs (thematic),reconciliation Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 24
motifs (thematic),tit for tat Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 25
nehemiah Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 132
nicanor Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 17
onias iii Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 4
pentecost Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 34
philip (governor of jerusalem) Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 27
razis Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 17
restoration within history Crabb (2020), Luke/Acts and the End of History, 45
rome,seleucus iv philopator Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 4
sacrifices,sin-offerings Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 132
scythians Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 513
septuagint Crabb (2020), Luke/Acts and the End of History, 45
sinning Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 24
solomon Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 132
sources of 2 maccabees Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 16, 17, 24, 25, 27, 34, 37
style,linguistic and literary,change of terminology in successive verses Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 68
style,linguistic and literary,staccato Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 34
temple Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213
temporal language Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213
time,chronological Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213
time Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213
timothy Schwartz (2008), 2 Maccabees, 27
torah,obedience to Beyerle and Goff (2022), Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, 213