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18 Q. What did the Samaritans do on this Occasion ?
A. When the Jews were in Prosperity, they challenged Kindred with the Jews; but they dilo owned them when they were under Persecution: And therefore on this Occafion they made no Apology to Antiochus the King, for having heretofore used the Jewish Rites ; but now having renounced them, they complied with the Heathen Religion, and desired their Temple on Mount Gerizim might be made the Temple of the Grecian Jupiter, the Defender of Strangers, 2 Macc. vi.
fofore ulei Antiochthis Ocere under
Sect. V. Of MATTATHIAS, the Father of the
MACCABEES, and the great Reformer.
iQ. W HEN the Persecution was fo violent
in Judea, was there any eminent public Opposition made to it by any of the Jews?
A. Mattathias, a Priest of the Course of Joarib, who dwelt in Modin, was complimented by the King's Officers, and tempted to comply with Heathen Worship there, according to the King's Commandment; but he boldly renounced their Superftitions, and declared his Resolution to die in the Religion of the Jews, 1 Macc. ii,
2 Q What Lostance did he give of his Courage and Zeal?
A. When one of the Jews came to sacrifice on · the Heathen Altar which was at Modin, he could not forbear to Thew his Indignation, as a Zealot, but ran and flew the Man upon the Altar, and at the same Time killed the King's chief Officer there, who came to enforce these wicked Commands.
3Q. In what Manner did he maintain this bold Enterprize?