The return to Jerusalem (1 Macc 5:52-5:54)

“Then they crossed the Jordan River into the large plain before Beth-shan. Judas Maccabeus kept rallying the laggards. He was encouraging the people all the way until he came to the land of Judah. So they went up to Mount Zion with gladness and joy. They offered burnt offerings, because they returned in safety. Not one of them had fallen.”

Eventually, they crossed the Jordan River into the plain of Beth-shan, about 18 miles south of the Sea of Galilee. Judas Maccabeus kept encouraging the slow movers along the way. When they finally arrived at Jerusalem, they were filled with gladness and joy. The offered a burnt offerings for their safety. Almost incredulously, this author notes that no one on his side had fallen in all these military encounters.

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