(Yehudah), Ptolemaic Rule, Ptolemy II , 285 - 246 B.C.
Ptolemy II requested copies of Jewish texts for the Library at . There they were translated and transcribed by seventy Jewish scholars hired for the purpose, creating the Septuagint, the oldest Greek version of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Many of the oldest Biblical verses among the Dead Sea Scrolls, particularly those in Aramaic, correspond more closely with the Septuagint than with the Hebrew text.SH54977. Silver quarter ma'ah,
Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrius III , c. 96 - 87 B.C.
Demetrius III ("the Timely") was nicknamed ("the Untimely) by the Jews. He defeated the Hasmonaean Priest Alexander Jannaeus but was forced to withdraw from by the hostile population. While attempting to dethrone his brother, , he was defeated by the Arabs and , and taken prisoner. He was held in confinement in by Mithridates II until his death in 88 B.C.SL46356. Bronze AE 17,
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II , 285 - 246 B.C., Joppa,
Between 320 and 318 B.C., Ptolemy I, then of , took advantage of the dissent among his rivals and secured the of .
Click here to read about Joppa on Bob Baird's Ancient RoutesSH09008. Silver
, 461, 799-800, VF, 14.02 g, maximum 25.9 mm, 0o, , Joppa mint, diademed of Ptolemy I right, wearing ; ΠTOΛEMAIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, standing left on thunderbolt, IOΠ left, LA and Θ right, A between eagle's legs; artistic, high-relief portrait, partially uncleaned; SOLD
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