It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

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 destruction caused by Jonathan's forces. Ptolemy continued on his travels being met by Jonathan at Joppa who then accompanied him for a while.

Ptolemy gained control of several coastal cities. To aid in his conflict with Alexander, he elicited the support of King Demetrius. Ptolemy told him that he was sorry that he had given his daughter to Alexander.. He said, "I'll take back my daughter who I gave to Alexander and give her to you instead." And he did.

Ptolemy entered Antioch and put on two crowns--that of Egypt and that of Asia. When Alexander heard about this, he left the battle he was engaged in at Cilicia (Turkey, I think) and headed toward Ptolemy. When he saw how formidable Ptolemy's forces were, Alexander fled into Arabia. He was killed there and so was Ptolemy three days later. Demetrius became king.

Powerful kingdoms are battling over territory within which the Jews resides. What options are there for the Jews? How disturbing to think of using a family member as a hostage in bargaining

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