Jesus traveled to the other side (Mk 8:13-8:13)

“Jesus left them.

He got into

The boat again.

He went across

To the other side.”

 

καὶ ἀφεὶς αὐτοὺς πάλιν ἐμβὰς ἀπῆλθεν εἰς τὸ πέραν.

 

This a unique but yet common phrase of Mark.  Jesus left an ambiguous them (καὶ ἀφεὶς αὐτοὺς), without indicating that it was the Pharisees or a crowd.  Then he embarked on the boat again (πάλιν ἐμβὰς).  He went across to the other side (ἀπῆλθεν εἰς τὸ πέραν).  Jesus leaving by way of a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee was a predominant theme of Mark.  Quite often, it was with an unclear destination, just across the sea, or the other side as here.

Cendebeus, commander of the coastal country (1 Macc 15:37-15:41)

“Meanwhile King Trypho embarked on a ship as he escaped to Orthosia. Then King Antiochus made Cendebeus the commander-in-chief of the coastal country. He gave him troops of infantry and cavalry. He commanded him to encamp against Judea. He commanded him to build up Kedron and fortify its gates. He was to make war on the people. However, the king was going to pursue Trypho. So Cendebeus came to Jamnia. He began to provoke the people and invade Judea. He took the people captive and killed them. He built up Kedron. Then he stationed horsemen and troops there, so that they might go out and make raids along the highways of Judea, as the king had ordered him.”

The siege at Dor did not work that well. King Trypho escaped from King Antiochus VII as he got on a boat and went to Orthosia, which was north of Tripolis. At the same time, King Antiochus VII was concerned about Simon and Judea. He made Cendebeus the commander of the coastal country with cavalry troops and infantry. His orders were to harass Judea, while the king went after King Trypho, so that he could claim the throne. Cendebeus built up the town of Kedron, probably southwest of Ekron, where he stationed horses and troops so that they could go out and make raids on the Judea highways, as he had been ordered to do.