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People/Characters: Alexander Balas

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Alexander to Actium: The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age by Peter Green
The First and Second Books of the Maccabees (Cambridge Bible Commentaries on the Apocrypha) by J. R. Bartlett
From Ezra to the Last of the Maccabees (Foundations of Post-Biblical Judaism) by E. J. Bickerman
History of the Greek World, 323-146 BC by M. Cary
Jewish Antiquities, Books 12-14 by Flavius Josephus
Maccabaeorum Liber I [Septuaginta, Vol. IX, Fasc. 1] by Werner Kappler
The rise and fall of the Judaean state; a political, social and religious history of the Second Commonwealth by Solomon Zeitlin

Character description

Alexander Balas. Seleucid Emperor. Reigned 150-145 B.C.E. He claimed to be a son of the Seleucid Emperor Antiochus IV, but was in fact a commoner set up by Egypt and Pergamum. He easily eliminated the reigning emperor Demetrius I. This was a period of civil war in the Seleucid Empire, and Demetrius II son of Demetrius I soon tried to regain his father's throne. In a three-way battle in 145, King Ptolemy VI of Egypt and Balas were both killed, leaving Demetrius II on the throne. He is remembered today mostly for his influence on Jewish history: He appointed Jonathan Maccabee the High Priest of the Jews -- in effect, the Prince of Judea; it was a major step toward Judea's regaining its independence.

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