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Vi. 12, emended " The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the text) ; children's teeth are set on edge" (Ezek. xviii. 2), and others. extent, Of isolated compositions, though of quite limited we have, for example, such a piece as Jotham's parable of the trees (Judg. ix. 8-15), and a shorter one on the thorn and the cedar in II, Kgs. xiv. 9; further, Wisdom compositions are incorporated in collections of psalms belonging to different periods; the earlier ones are xxxii. 8-1 1, xxxiv. ), xxxvii, xlix, Ixxiii, cxxvii, cxxviii, cxxxiii; of later date are i, xix.

This seemed to be the signal for an anti-Gentile rising all over the country; the High-priest, aided by the Pharisees, sought in vain to calm the people ; ultimately, the peace-party had to resort to arms in the endeavour to curb the insensate folly of the masses ; but this, too, was without avail ; the revolutionaries gained the upper hand in many cities of Palestine, especially in Galilee. D. the whole country was ablaze. D. that Galilee was finally subdued by the Romans. (3) The third stage was a long-drawn-out preparation for the siege of Jerusalem; various causes in the outside world contributed to the postponement of the actual siege; it was also felt by the Roman military leaders that the fighting among the Jewish parties in Jerusalem would, by being permitted to run its course, so weaken the defence of the city that it would fall an easy prey to the besieging forces ; this did not, however, prove to be the case.

After the battle of Ipsus this land was annexed by Ptolemy who I regarded Soter, not without protest from Seleucus, as belonging to his share of the division it His protest did not go beyond words; neverof future dissension was thus already sown. With the details of the struggle, lasting for a century, between the Seleucids and the Ptolemys for the possession of Palestine it is unnecessary to deal but what is of prime importance from the present point of view is the final phase of that struggle.

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