Postscript about King Demetrius I (1 Macc 8:31-8:32)

“Concerning the wrongs that King Demetrius is doing to them, we have written to him as follows.

‘Why have you made your yoke heavy

Upon our friends and allies the Jews?

If now they appeal again for help against you,

We will defend their rights.

We will fight you on sea and on land.’”

The problem here is that this is not part of the written agreement. This seems to be an oral agreement that the Romans and the legates agreed to. There is no indication that the Romans helped the Jews against King Demetrius I. They simply repeated the general agreement that they had with the Jewish Nation.