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.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Eulogy, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 14:1-24

In a continuing attempt to defeat Trypho, King Demetrius led an army into Media. When the Persian king heard about this, he had Demetrius arrrested.

This war chronicle is interrupted by an eulogy of Simon. He is to be remembered for his effectiveness in war and in peace. 

Not only his people but also the Spartans recognized his achievements.

The Oxford Bible Commentary on the Apocrypha lists the accomplishments cited in the eulogy: broadening of the borders; caring for peace; security and material prosperity; caring for the law and the temple. 

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