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LEARNED AND AUTHENTIC JEWISH HISTORIAN,
AND CELEBRATED WARRIOR.
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL GREEK, ACCORDING TO
HAVERCAMP'S ACCURATE EDITION.
WITH COPIOUS NOTES, & PROPER OBSERVATIONS.
IN THREE VOLUMES.
CONTAINING THE LAST NINE BOOKS
ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, WITH THE LIFE
OF FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS.
WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.
WILLIAM WHISTON, A. M.
LAT2 PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE,
PRINTED AT SPRINGFIELD,
BOOK XII. Containing the Interval of an hundred and seventy
years. [FROM THE DEATH OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT, TO
THE DEATH OF JUDAS MACCABEUS.]
CHAPTER 1. How Ptolemy, the son of Lagus, took Jerusalem and Judea by deceit and treachery, and carried many of the Jews
thence, and planted them in Egypt. , $1, N OW when Alexander, king of Macedon, bad put an
W end to the dominion of the Persians, and had fettled the affairs in Judea after the forementioned manner, he ended his life. And as his government fell among many, Antigonus obtained Asia, Seleucus Babylon; and of the other nations which were there, Lysimachus governed the Hellefpont, and Cassander poslessed Macedonia ; as did Ptolemy ihe son of Lagus seize upon Egypt. And while these princes ambitiously Atrove one against another, every one for his own prin. cipality, it came to pals that there were continual wars, and those latting wars 100; and the cities were sufferers, and lost a great many of their inhabitants in these times of distress, in so much that all Syria, by the means of Ptolemy the son of Lagus, underwent the reverse of that denomination of Sa. viour, which he then had. He also seized upon Jerusalem, and for that end made use of deceit and treachery; for as he came into the city on a Sabbath day, as if he would offer lac