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An Introduction to the Books of the Apocrypha by William Oscar Emil Oesterley

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This seemed to be the signal for an anti-Gentile rising all over the country; the High-priest, aided by the Pharisees, sought in vain to calm the people ; ultimately, the peace-party had to resort to arms in the endeavour to curb the insensate folly of the masses ; but this, too, was without avail ; the revolutionaries gained the upper hand in many cities of Palestine, especially in Galilee. D. the whole country was ablaze. D. that Galilee was finally subdued by the Romans. (3) The third stage was a long-drawn-out preparation for the siege of Jerusalem; various causes in the outside world contributed to the postponement of the actual siege; it was also felt by the Roman military leaders that the fighting among the Jewish parties in Jerusalem would, by being permitted to run its course, so weaken the defence of the city that it would fall an easy prey to the besieging forces ; this did not, however, prove to be the case.

C. 168. C. 150. C. 140-130. C. 90-70. C. 50. C. C. circa 40 ? D. D. Prayer of Manasses ? For further details and the arguments in favour of these dates, see the introductions to the respective books. C. D. The history of this period undoubtedly influenced its literature, and is not infrequently reflected, or directly referred to, in it; hence the need of taking a historical bird's-eye view of these centuries, and, without going into details, to cerned lay emphasis on those more outstanding events which affected the destiny of the Jewish people.

The event of Ariswas of the intervention Rome. prime importance tobulus withstood the Roman army; but Hyrcanus, under the influence of Antipater, allied himself with Rome. influence. C. 63, the city fell, Aristobulus II was taken by Pompey a prisoner to Rome, together with some thousands of Jews, and Hyrcanus was made High-priest with the title of ethnarch. Judaea was thus no longer a kingdom, but a division of the Roman province of Syria. Hyrcanus was, however, only nominal ruler, the real Pompey power being wielded by Antipater, the Idumaean.

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