A History of New Testament Times in Palestine, 175 B.C.-70 A.D

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CHAPTER IX 1
THE RISE OF THE HOUSE OF ANTIPATER

DURING the ten years of political decadence that followed the Roman conquest of Judea, the weak Hyrcanus came increasingly under the control of his self-appointed patron, Antipater. The aid he was able to render to Scaurus in bringing Aretas to terms 2 gave Antipater new importance; but even more was obtained from his services during the attempt of Aristobulus II to reinstate himself on the throne, after his escape from Rome in 56 B.C., and, later, when Gabinius, at the command of Pompey, gave up his expedition against the Parthians in order to reinstate Ptolemy Auletes in Egypt, he not only furnished the Roman forces with supplies, weapons, and money, but won over the Jews who controlled the passes leading to Egypt.3 Afterward, when Alexander, the son of Aristobulus II, had again undertaken to head a revolt against Rome, Antipater was sent by Gabinius to the Jews who favoured the movement, if possible, to prevent the revolt becoming universal.4 In this Antipater was successful, although he could not win over Alexander himself. In return, he seems to have been

Rise of Antipater.

Antipater's services to Rome.

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1
General References: Schürer, The Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ, Div. I. I. 370-391; Graetz, History of the Jews, II. 74-83; Renan, History of the People of Israel, bk. x. ch. 1; Ewald, History of Israel, V. 402-406.
2
Ant. xiv. 5:1.
3
Ant. xiv. 6:2.
4
Ant. xiv. 6:3.

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