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.

Jonathan and King Alexander (1 Macc 10:15-10:17)

“Now King Alexander heard of all the promises that King Demetrius had sent to Jonathan. He had heard of the battles that Jonathan and his brothers had fought. He heard of the brave deeds that they had done and of the troubles that they had endured. So he said.

‘Shall we find another such man?

Come now,

We will make him our friend and ally.’

King Alexander in Ptolemais heard that King Demetrius in Antioch was trying to get Jonathan as his ally against him. They were both cousins vying for the throne of the Seleucid Empire. However, he also had heard of the great brave deeds of Jonathan and his brothers in battle. How they had suffered so much. He said, that it would be hard to find a man like him, so why not make him our friend and ally?