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 25, 2015

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, Alexander elevated his status from the group called Friends to a higher stage. He gave him special clothes, seated him next to him, and told his officials to proclaim that was to annoy him for any reason.

How much confidence should Jonathan put in his current favor from the current king?

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