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JESUS CHRIST, JOHN THE BAPTIST, JAMES THE JUST, GOD's
AN INDEX TO THE WHOLE.
TWENTY BOOKS OF THE JEWISH ANTIQUITIES,
*RANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL GREEK, ACCORDING TO HAVERCAMPS
- CHAP. I. *Io-e Antipater was hated by all the Nation [of the Jews] for the Sla:ghter of his Brethren; and how, for that Reason, he got into peculiar Favour with his Friends at Rome, by giving them many Presents; as he did also with Saturninus, the President of Syria, and the Governors who were under him and concerning Herod's Wives and Children.
§ 1. Wrex Antipater had thus taken off his brothren, and had brought his father into the highest degree of impiety, till he war haunted with furies for what he had done, his hopes did not succeed to his mind, as to the rest of his life; for although he was delivered from the fear of his brethren being his rivals as to the government, yet did he find it a very hard thina, and almost impracticable, to come at the kingdom, because the hatred of the nation against him: on that account was become very great: and, besides this very disagreeable circumstance, the affair of the soldiery grieved him still more, who were alienated from him, from which yet these kings derived all the safety which they had, whenever they found the nation desirous of innovation: and all this danger was drawn upon him by his destruction of his brethren. However, he governed the nation jointly with his father, being indeed no other than a king already: and he was for that very reason trusted, and the more firmly depended on, for the which he oright himself to have been put to death, as appearing to have betrayed his brethren out of his concern for the preservation of Herod, and not rather out of his ill will to them, and, before them, to his father himself; and this was the accursed state he was in. Now, all Antipater's contrivances tended to make his way to take off Herod, that he might have nobody to accuse him in the vile practices he was devising; and that Herod might have no refuge, nor any to afford him their assistance, since they must thereby have Antipater for their open enemy: insomuch that the very plots he had laid against his brethren were occasioned by the hatred he bore his father. But at this time he was more than ever set upon the execution of his attempts against Herod, because if he were once dead, the government would now be firmly secured to him; but if he were suffered to live any longer, he should be in danger upon a discovery of that wickedness of which he had been the con. triver, and his father would of necessity then become his enemy. And on this account it was that he became very bountiful to his father's friends, and bestowed great sums on several of them, in order to surprise men with his good deeds, and take off their hatred against him. And he sent great presents to his friends at Rome particularly to gain their good will; and above all the rest to Saturninus, the president of Syria. He also hoped to gain the favour of Saturninus s brother