John wants help with baggage (1 Macc 9:35-9:36)

“Jonathan sent his brother John as the leader of the multitude. John begged the Nabateans, who were his friends, for permission to store with them the great amount of baggage that they had. However, the family of Jambri from Medeba came out and seized John and all that he had. They departed with it.”

Jonathan wanted the Nabateans to help him store his baggage. These Nabateans were southeast of Palestine, somehow connected to the Edomites in the area between the Red Sea and the Euphrates River. However, the family of Jambri seized John, the brother of Jonathan, and took all his baggage since they had a “great amount of baggage.” The Jambri came from Medeba, a city of the Moabites, about 12 miles southeast of the Dead Sea.

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