Alexander the Great on his way to Egypt
To complete the conquest of Tyre, Alexander embarked on his journey to Egypt. He passed through Judea. About three hundred years before the birth of Christ, this act of the great conqueror in the land of Israel certainly occupied a place between the historical period of the New Testament and the historical period of the New Bible, and the Bible does not say anything about it.
There was a Jewish writer named Josephus, who lived for several years after Christ and wrote some articles and, of course, Alexander for more than 300 years.
He wrote the history of the Jews, which is a very interesting book, but he was so fond of exaggerating the importance of the events that took place in the history of his country and embellishing them with incredible and supernatural events that his narrative was not always accepted with implicit faith.
Joseph Huth said that when Alexander passed through Palestine, he went to Jerusalem. According to him, the situation with this visit was like this.
Before Alexander besieged the city of Tyre, it lived in a commercial district, surrounded by the sea, and had to rely on eight countries of the time for food. People used to buy grain in Judah, Judea and Egypt and ship it to the island.
Alexander also thought this when he besieged the city, and he had to rely on his neighbors for food, so he sent purchase orders for such supplies to several places, especially Judea. As Josephus said, the Jews refused to provide any such supplies, saying it was inconsistent with the loyalty of their government in Dalius.
Alexander did not notice this answer when Tyre was besieged, and when the city was captured, he prepared to pass through Judea, and he marched towards Jerusalem with the intention of destroying the city.
The current administrator of Jerusalem is the one who commands the city, and he naturally has the overall responsibility for ruling the city. [Pg 171] He was the high priest of the Persian government. In the time of Christ, for about three hundred years, the name of the highest priest, as the reader remembers, was Caiaphas.
Sadus and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were terrified. They don't know what to do. They were impressed by the siege and occupation of Tyrehad, who had a strong sense of Alexander's terrible energy and military power, and they began to anticipate that there would be destruction.
Jadus made great sacrifices for God Almighty and prayed openly and solemnly for His guidance and protection. The next day, after these rituals, he told the people that they had nothing to fear. God appeared to him in a dream and showed him how to do it. It's about going out to meet him and welcome him.
Decorate it with flowers, just like celebrating a holiday. They were to put on holy robes and go out, and the inhabitants were to march with them. So that it is possible to go out to see Alexander, because he is gone, everything will be fine. "
These instructions were followed. Alexander was determined to destroy the city. When he saw the procession, approaching enough to discern the appearance and clothing of the high priest, he stopped, seemed surprised and delighted, and walked towards him with an air of great respect and respect.
He seems to have paid him almost sexual respect and adoration. Everyone was surprised. Paminio asked him to explain. In Macedonia, before embarking on this expedition, while thinking about this question in my heart, day after day on the question of conquering Asia, one night, an unusual dream was haved.
This priest appeared in front of him, dressed the same as now. He exhorted to dispel all fears and bravely cross the Greek River to the heart of Asia.
He said that God would advance under the leadership of the army and let victory prevail over all the Senians. Recognize the priest as the one who appeared at the time. His face is the same, his clothes are the same, his figure is the same, and the air is the same. It was with His encouragement and help that he came here ready to worship and worship God, His service leader. "
Alexander marched with the High Priest, and together they returned to Jerusalem. There, Alexander united with them and the Jews of the city to celebrate the ceremony by offering sacrifices and offerings in the Jewish way.
Records in the Bible today, such as the New Testament, were written separately on parchment in those days and kept in the temple. The priests emerged from the book that recorded Daniel's prophecy, and they read and explained to Alexander some prophecies that they believed were related to him, albeit written hundreds of years ago.
Assy Joses said that Alexander was very happy to see these prophecies and the priests' explanations for them. He assured the Jews that they should be protected in the exercise of all their rights, especially in their worship, and he assured them that when he entered these places, he would place their brothers living in central Babylon under his special administration.
The Jews and Babylonians of these media are the descendants of captives taken from their Natiflanders in previous wars. This is the story told by Josephus.
Greek historians make no mention of this visit to Jerusalem; Some believe that the visit never took place, but the story emerged and spread from generation to generation among Jews through their desire to exaggerate the importance and influence of their worship, and Joseph incorporated this narrative into his history without fully verifying the facts.