The dictatorial authority of Simon (1 Macc 14:44-14:45)

“None of the people or priests shall be permitted

To nullify any of these decisions

Or to oppose what he says,

Or to convene an assembly in the country without his permission,

Or to be clothed in purple

Or put on a gold buckle.

Whoever acts contrary to these decisions

Or rejects any of them shall be liable to punishment.”

This decree gave Simon a lot of authority. No question about it, we have a full blown dictatorship. Nobody can oppose him. Nobody can call an assembly without his permission. They cannot wear purple or a gold buckle because only Simon can do that. Anyone who goes against his decisions would be liable to be punished. One man rule is really in place. Strangely enough, he did not ask for it.

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