King Demetrius I allows Jews to be in his army (1 Macc 10:36-10:37)

“Let Jews be enrolled in the king’s forces

To the number of thirty thousand men.

Let the maintenance be given them

That is due to all the forces of the king.

Let some of them be stationed in the great strongholds of the king.

Let some of them be put in positions of trust in the kingdom.

Let their officers and leaders be of their own number.

Let them live by their own laws,

Just as the king has commanded in the land of Judah.”

King Demetrius I wanted to allow Jews to be in his army. Actually to be a member of the army was a privilege. He hoped that this would strengthen their loyalty to him. He was going to allow 30,000 Jews in his royal army. Already they had quotas. These Jewish soldiers were going to be paid like the other soldiers in the royal army. They would be stationed at the great strongholds of the king. Some would even be given trusted positions. They would even have their own officers come from their ranks. Finally, they could follow all the Jewish laws in Judah.

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