Friday, December 11, 2020

Another book of Maccabees? With drunken elephants!

HANUKKAH RELATED, SORT OF: 500 drunken elephants: The untold Hanukkah story with no Maccabees. A different kind of redemption from Greek tyranny (ZACK ROTHBART, Jerusalem Post). 3 Maccabees has no connection with the Maccabees and their revolt except the title. But it is another story (a legendary one) about the deliverance of the Jewish people from a Hellenistic king. Some PaleoJudaica posts on 3 Maccabees are here, here, here, and links.

There is, however, a tragic story about a charging elephant and one of the Maccabees.

For past posts on the historical King Ptolemy IV Philopater, see here, here, and here. Ptolemy IV is also appears under the code name "the king of the south" in Daniel 11:11.

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