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Asimov's Guide to the Bible: The New Testament by Isaac Asimov

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C. As a result of this war, Judea was wrested from Egypt and passed under the domination of the Seleucids. I Rome In a way, though, Antiochus 111 had been born too late. He gloried in his victories, which seemed, in his own eyes, to rival those of Alexander. C. the name might have been deserved, but he lived on and found himself entangled with Rome, with results hinted at in the book of i Maccabees: Maccabees 1:io. And there came out of them a wicked root, Antiochus summed Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king, who had been an hostage at Rome 1 .

There came unto him [Demetrius] aU the wicked and ungodly men of Israel, having Alcimus, who was desirous to be high priest, for their cdptait~ 1 Maccabees 7:6. And they accused the p e e [the rebel forces] to the king With the Toria on the king's side and with the Assideans neutral, Demetrius felt it timely to send an army into Judea once more. At its . head was Nicanor, a general who had been with the king in Rome and, according to Josephus, had escaped with him. Judas, however, had not forgott& how to be a hammerer.

All GdlHee of the Gentiles, ... Galilee refers to the northernmost section of what had once bead Israel; the territory which, in the time of the judges, was settled by thetabes of Naphtali and Zebulon. This northern area was never firmly held by the Israelite. The Canapites remained strong in the north long sfber Joshua'smnquest, as is evidenced by the tales of the battle against S b (see page 1-338). Down to the time of David himself, the Phoenician coastal cities (inhabited by Canaanites, be it remembered) dominated the north.

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