Re: PRODROMOS in Heb. 6:20

From: Maurice A. O'Sullivan (
Date: Wed May 26 1999 - 17:49:40 EDT

At 15:13 26/05/99, you wrote:
>Hi, Tom
>You should probably focus your search on Pompey rather than Titus.
>There is an allusion to the story you are thinking of on the following
>which says "Pompey brazenly enters Holy of Holies, disappointed to find it
>empty." Unfortunately, this timeline does not give a source.


Here is the quotation from;
Tertullian, _Ad Nationes_ Book 1 ch. 11

The same Cornelius Tacitus, however,÷who, to say the truth, is most
loquacious in falsehood÷forgetting his later statement, relates how Pompey
the Great, after conquering the Jews and capturing Jerusalem, entered the
temple, but found nothing in the shape of an image, though he examined the
place carefully. <<

>A slightly different take is suggested by a footnote to a volume in the
>Ante-Nicene Fathers series that reads: "n. 84 In 63 b.c., when Pompey's
>curiousity led him to penetrate into the Holy of Holies. He was much
>impressed, however, by its simplicity, and went away without disturbing its
>treasure, wondering at a religion which had no visible God."

This footnote occurs in Eusebius _Church History_ Book 1, ch. 6, but the
author who attributes it to "curiousiy" clearly hadn't read Josephus
account of the bloody battle that preceded it, _Antiquities_, 14,71-72

>>Absalom, who was at once both uncle and father-in-law to Aristobulus, was
taken captive; and no small enormities were committed about the temple
itself, which, in former ages, had been inaccessible, and seen by none;
(72) for Pompey went into it, and not a few of those that were with him
also, and saw all that which it was unlawful for any other men to see, but
only for the high priests. There were in that temple the golden table, the
holy candlestick, and the pouring vessels, and a great quantity of spices;
and besides these there were among the treasures two thousand talents of
sacred money; yet did Pompey touch nothing of all this, on account of his
regard to religion; and in this point also he acted in a manner that was
worthy of his virtue.<<

A note in Whiston adds:
"This is fully confirmed by the testimony Cicero, who says in his oration
for Flaccus that ................<<


Maurice A. O'Sullivan [ Bray, Ireland ]

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