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Hebrew Heroes

Hebrew Heroes

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Hebrew Heroes, byAKA A.L.O.E. A.L.O.E., Charlotte Maria TuckerThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: Hebrew HeroesA Tale Founded on Jewish HistoryAuthor: AKA A.L.O.E. A.L.O.E., Charlotte Maria TuckerRelease Date: July 20, 2008 [EBook #26094]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ASCII*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HEBREW HEROES ***Produced by Al HainesHEBREW HEROES:A TALEFOUNDED ON JEWISH HISTORY.ByA. L. O. E.,_Author of "The Triumph over Midian," "Rescued from Egypt,""Exiles in Babylon," &c. &c._[Transcriber's note: "A. L. O. E." is the pseudonym of Charlotte MariaTucker, and is the abbreviation of "A Lady of England".]LONDON:T. NELSON AND SONS, PATERNOSTER ROW;
 
EDINBURGH; AND NEW YORK.1870.PrefaceThere are few portions of the world's history which, to my own mind,afford subjects of such thrilling interest as that which I haveselected for the groundwork of the following story. I have tried, inthe main, to adhere closely to facts, though I have ventured somewhatto compress the length of time which actually elapsed between therising against Syrian tyranny at Modin, and the restoration of theTemple. I may also have been inaccurate in representing AntiochusEpiphanes as being still in Jerusalem at the period when the battle ofEmmaus took place. Such trifling deviations from history seem to me,however, by no means to interfere with that fidelity to its grandoutlines which an author should conscientiously observe. No historicalcharacter has been wilfully misrepresented in these pages. If I haveventured to paint one of the noblest of Judah's heroes with thefeelings and weaknesses common to man, I trust that even his mostenthusiastic Hebrew admirer will not deem that they lower his dignityas commander, or patriot prince.The exploits of Judas Maccabeus might seem to be a theme more befittingthe pen of one of his own race than mine; yet would I fain hope that awork which it has been a labour of love to a Christian to write, maynot be altogether despised even by the descendants of Hebrew heroes whoshared the Asmonean's toils and triumphs in the land for which heconquered and died.A. L. O. E.ContentsI. FAITHFUL TO THE DEATH.II. THE MIDNIGHT BURIAL.III. LIFE OR DEATH.IV. FOLLOWING BEHIND.V. THE DREAM.VI. THE JOURNEY HOME.VII. THE FIRST STRUGGLE.VIII. HADASSAH'S QUEST.IX. DEATH OF MATTATHIAS.X. CONCEALMENT.XI. DEEP THINGS.XII. TRIALS OF THE HEART.XIII. SILENT CONFLICT.XIV. A CRISIS.XV. THE TWO CAMPS.XVI. BATTLE OF EMMAUS.
 
XVII. DEPARTED.XVIII. THE PASSOVER FEAST.XIX. A PRISON.XX. THE COURT OF ANTIOCHUS.XXI. THE MAIDEN'S TRIAL.XXII. A BREATHING SPACE.XXIII. FOUND AT LAST.XXIV. DECISION.XXV. A RETROSPECT.XXVI. WEARY WANDERINGS.XXVII. FLIGHT.XXVIII. UNITED IN THE GRAVE.XXIX. THE MOURNER'S HOME.XXX. CHANGES.XXXI. NIGHT TRAVELLING.XXXII. FRIENDS OR FOES?XXXIII. THE LEADER AND THE MAN.XXXIV. FANATICISM.XXXV. THE BATTLE-PRAYER.XXXVI. BETHSURA.XXXVII. AFTER THE BATTLE.XXXVIII. THE VICTOR'S RETURN.XXXIX. THE FEAST OF DEDICATION.HEBREW HEROES.CHAPTER I.FAITHFUL TO THE DEATH.The sun was setting gloriously over the hills which encompassJerusalem, pouring its streams of golden light on the valleys clothedwith the vine, pomegranate, and olive, sparkling on the brook Kedron,casting a rich glow on flat-roofed dwellings, parapets, and walls, andthrowing into bold relief from the crimson sky the pinnacles of theTemple, which, at the period of which I write, crowned the height ofMount Zion. Not the gorgeous Temple which Solomon had raised, that hadlong ago been given to the flames, nor yet the Temple as adorned byKing Herod: the building before us stands in its simple majesty aserected by the Hebrews after their return from Babylon under theleadership of Zerubbabel and Jeshua. Not the might of the powerful,nor the gold of the wealthy, but the earnest zeal of a peopledown-trodden and oppressed had built that Temple; and its highestadornment was the promise which Haggai's inspired lips had uttered:_The Desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house withglory, saith the Lord of hosts_ (Hag. ii. 7). _The glory of thislatter house shall be greater than that of the former_ (Hag. ii. 9).The fulfilment of that promise was still a subject for faith; andseldom had faith had to breast a fiercer storm of persecution than thatwhich was sweeping over God's ancient people at the time when my storyopens, about 167 years before the Christian era. The Roman had not yettrodden the soil of Palestine as a conqueror; but a yoke yet moreintolerable than his lay on the necks of the sons of Abraham.Antiochus Epiphanes, king of Syria, one of the most merciless tyrants

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