John (1 Macc 16:23-16:24)

“The rest of the acts of John, his wars, and the brave deeds that he did, as well as the building of the walls and his other achievements, are written in the annals of his high priesthood, from the time that he became high priest after his father.”

This is the stylistic form similar to that of 1and 2 Kings. However, there is no mention of his death. This story ends around 134 BCE. There is no indication of what happened to John and his family. The annals, of course, have been lost. Apparently, he was the high priest from 134-104 BCE. The whole story of the Maccabees ends abruptly without any real resolution. There is no great ending to this story.

Mordecai and the plot to kill the king (Esth 2:21-2:23)

“While Mordecai was sitting in the royal courtyard, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Terseh, who were the chief bodyguards, became angry. They conspired to assassinate King Artaxerxes. This matter became known to Mordecai, who warned Queen Esther. She, in turn, revealed the plot to the king in the name of Mordecai. When the affair was investigated and found to be true, the men were both hanged. Then the king ordered a memorandum to be deposited in the royal library in praise of the goodwill shown by Mordecai. It was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.”

The names of the 2 eunuchs are only in the Hebrew text, not the Greek text. Eunuchs were personal bodyguards. Perhaps this relates to the preliminary Greek text about the plot against the king, where Mordecai heard 2 eunuchs plotting to kill the king. There they confessed and were executed. It sounds very similar. Except here, Mordecai told Esther who then told the king. Here it is very clearly recorded in the annals of the king.