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No separation of church and state, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 14:25-49
When the people heard how Rome and Sparta had praised Simon, they wanted to thank him, too. An official public decree was issued outlining his achievements--risking his life, contributing great sums of his own money, serving as leader and high priest, maint...
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The beginning of independence, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 13:31-53
Simon chooses to affiliate with King Demetrius rather than the treacherous Trypho. After receiving a request for relief, Demetrius promises Simon to make peace and reduce the taxes that had been imposed. Israel was finally free from Gentile rule. Simon, who...
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Capture of Jonathan, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 12:24-50
Hearing that King Demetrius was returning with an even larger force, Jonathan led his army to meet them in Hamath (Syria?). He sent spies into the camp who reported back that Demetrius' army was going to attack that night. Jonathan's army stayed up all nigh...
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Ask God's help and do something yourself, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 11:54-74
Support  of the aspirant, Antiochus VI, includes soldiers that had been discharged by Demetrius. After routing Demetrius, Antiochus makes Jonathan one of the king's Friends and the courtesies accompanying. He further appointed Jonathan's brother Simon a gov...
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Favorable changes, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 11:20-37
Jonathan publicly made a threat against the king's authority over Jerusalem by laying siege against the citadel. When some dissidents reported to King Demetrius, Jonathan agreed to meet with him but would not give up the siege. Although some of his own peop...
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Success in battle, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 10:67-89
About five years later, Demetrius, son of the defeated Demetrius, assembled an army to avenge his father's losses. He challenged Jonathan to meet him in battle. Jonathan was successful. After routing the enemy, Jonathan burned the city and the surrounding t...
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Eulogy, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 14:1-24
In a continuing attempt to defeat Trypho, King Demetrius led an army into Media. When the Persian king heard about this, he had Demetrius arrrested. This war chronicle is interrupted by an eulogy of Simon. He is to be remembered for his effectiveness in war...
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Death of Jonathan, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 13:1-30
Simon, the last of the brothers, gathered his fearful people, reminding them of how his brothers had led them through wars and promised vengeance. The people responded, "You are our leader; what you say to us we will do." In an attempt to get Jonathan back,...
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Letters to Rome and Sparta, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 12:1-23
After success in battle even after the desertions, Jonathan decided it was time to reforge the agreements with Rome and Sparta. Or, with the confidence instilled in him because of his recent victory, he decided it was a good time to reforge the agreements w...
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Trying to benefit from someone else's problem, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 11:38-53
King Demetrius didn't have peace for very long. Insurrection among his troops aided the attempt to replace him with Antiochus, the young son of Alexander. Adding to the bad situation was that Jonathan was not satisfied with the agreement that Demetrius had ...
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Giving up to get, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 11:1-19
The conflict between Egypt and the eastern provinces (Seleucids) continues. The king of Egypt, Ptolemy, set out for Syria feigning peacefulness but as he entered the towns but stationed forces as a garrison in each town. In Azotos, he was shown the destruct...
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So far, not so bad, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 10:46-66
Jonathan was more convinced by history than by promises. Good choice because his new ally Alexander defeated his old enemy Demetrius. After crushing the army of Demetrius, Alexander next sought alliance with Egypt. To reward Jonathan for his support, Alexan...
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