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  1. I. Crisis and Response

    Chapter 1

    From Alexander to Antiochus. After Alexander the Macedonian, Philip’s son, who came from the land of Kittim, had defeated Darius, king of the Persians and Medes, he became king in his place, having first ruled in Greece.
  2. There sprang from these a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes, son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome. He became king in the one hundred and thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.
  3. Antiochus in Egypt. When his kingdom seemed secure, Antiochus undertook to become king of the land of Egypt and to rule over both kingdoms.
  4. The fortified cities in the land of Egypt were captured, and Antiochus plundered the land of Egypt.
  5. Robbery of the Temple. After Antiochus had defeated Egypt in the one hundred and forty-third year, he returned and went up against Israel and against Jerusalem with a strong force.
  6. The King’s Strategy. When King Antiochus heard these reports, he was filled with rage; so he ordered that all the forces of his kingdom be gathered, a very strong army.
  7. and commissioned him to take care of his son Antiochus until his return.
  8. Chapter 6

    As King Antiochus passed through the eastern provinces, he heard that in Persia there was a city, Elam, famous for its wealth in silver and gold,
  9. He gave him his diadem, his robe, and his signet ring, so that he might guide the king’s son Antiochus and bring him up to be king.
  10. So King Antiochus died there in the one hundred and forty-ninth year.
  11. When Lysias learned that the king was dead, he set up the king’s son Antiochus, whom he had reared as a child, to be king in his place; and he gave him the title Eupator.
  12. Peace Treaty. Lysias heard that Philip, whom King Antiochus, before his death, had appointed to train his son Antiochus to be king,
  13. As he was entering the royal palace of his ancestors, the soldiers seized Antiochus and Lysias to bring them to him.
  14. Antiochus the Great, king of Asia, who fought against them with a hundred and twenty elephants and with cavalry and chariots and a very great army, was defeated by them.
  15. Chapter 10

    Jonathan Becomes High Priest. In the one hundred and sixtieth year, Alexander Epiphanes, son of Antiochus, came up and took Ptolemais. They accepted him as king and he began to reign there.
  16. When a certain Trypho, who had previously supported Alexander, saw that all the troops were grumbling against Demetrius, he went to Imalkue the Arabian, who was raising Alexander’s young son Antiochus.
  17. Alliance of Jonathan and Antiochus VI. After this, Trypho returned and brought with him the young boy Antiochus, who became king and put on the diadem.
  18. All the soldiers whom Demetrius had discharged rallied around Antiochus and fought against Demetrius, who was routed and fled.
  19. Then young Antiochus wrote to Jonathan: “I confirm you in the high priesthood and appoint you ruler over the four districts, and to be one of the King’s Friends.”
  20. So we have chosen Numenius, son of Antiochus, and Antipater, son of Jason, and we have sent them to the Romans to renew with them the friendship and alliance of earlier times.
  21. Capture of Jonathan. Then Trypho sought to become king of Asia, assume the diadem, and do violence to King Antiochus.
  22. Alliance of Simon and Demetrius II. Trypho dealt treacherously with the young King Antiochus. He killed him
  23. In accordance with what they said we have recorded the following in the public decrees: Numenius, son of Antiochus, and Antipater, son of Jason, ambassadors of the Jews, have come to us to renew their friendship with us.
  24. Chapter 15

    Letter of Antiochus VII. Antiochus, son of King Demetrius, sent a letter from the islands of the sea to Simon, the priest and ethnarch of the Jews, and to all the nation,
  25. which read as follows: “King Antiochus sends greetings to Simon, the high priest and ethnarch, and to the Jewish nation.
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