By Charles Kingsley Barrett
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Maccabees 1:14. Whereupon they built a place of exercise at Jerusalem according to the customs of the heathens i Maccabees 1:15 And made therhselves uncircumcised I . At the gymnasia, (he Greeks yerq accustomed to exercise and to engage in athletic contests in the nude. ") This in itself was horrifying to those Jews who clung to the old ways. " This development was, of course, welcomed by the Seleucid rulers. In the first place they, like all the Macedonian rulers, were seriously inteat on spreading Greek culture, since they felt it to be for superior* to all other cultures.
First, the Gr&k cities, as I said before, had exhausted themselves with warfare; and second, there came to rule over Macedon a most remarkable man, Philip 11. C. at just about the time Artaxerxes I11 ascended the Persian throne. Philip at once began to reorganize his army, increase governmental efficiency, extend his power over surrounding barbarian powers, and engage in cautious warfare against the Greek cities. C. Philip defeated the combined armies of the Greek cities of Athens and Thebes, and made himself the strongest power h Greece; At the battle, leading the charge which finally decided the outfame, was Philip's eighteen-year-old son, Alexander.
They ,set up the a b o m i d n of desolation upon the .. cdtar ... To enforce the new policy,,Autiochus ordered copies of the Jewish Scriptures to be destroyed, forbade circumcision and the Jewish dietary regulations, then executed those caught clinging to the old ways. For a time it looked as though Judaism would be destroyed and that those who held out uncompromisingly against Antiochus IV would die as martyrs* Nehemiah 8:4. And 6m the kood upon
A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, Volume 1 (International Critical Commentary - ICC) by Charles Kingsley Barrett