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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Heliodorus In The Temple And Paul On The Road To Damascus

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At the beginning of the First World War, soon after the English had beaten back the Germans at Mons despite fearful odds, there arose a legend that has become known as that of 'the Angel of Mons'. This chapter discusses two epiphanies that have been relatively neglected by classical scholars in their studies of epiphanies. These are the appearance of a rider in shining armour to the Seleucid grandee Heliodorus, and the appearance of Jesus to the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus. In the introduction to 2 Maccabees, the author of the epitome tells us that the original version by Jason of Cyrene contained the wars of Judas the Maccabee and his brothers, the purification of the Temple and the heavenly epiphanies to those who chased the Seleucids out of Israel, re-conquered the Temple and restored the laws.

Keywords: 2 Maccabees; Angel of Mons; apostle Paul; Damascus; epiphanies; Heliodorus; Israel

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