Dissension between the Seluecid overloads. King Alexander offered the position of high priest to Jonathan. He accepted, so becoming one of the group close to the king known as Friends of the King. Putting on the purple robe and golden crown of his office, Jonathan recruited troops and equipped them with a lot of weapons.
When he heard about this, King Demetrius was distressed that Alexander had formed an alliance with the Jews before he had.
Jonathan's status is affected by rivalry between foreign powers. How do we make our decisions about leadership roles in our communities?