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.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rome defeats the Greeks, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 8:1-16

Rather positive assessment of Roman takeovers of Gaul and Spain; closer to home, Macedonia, parts of Asia ruled by Antiochus, India, Media (modern Iran, I think).  However, also cites captivity and  plunder, and destruction.

I'm struck by the assessment that not any individual that was given power by Rome exhibited evidence of pride. Rather, they governed well and there was no envy or jealousy among them.

Who was the intended reader of this passage?

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