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One of the two ambassadors (the other being Eupolemus) whom Judas Maccabeus sent to Rome to establish an alliance with the Romans (1 Macc 8:17–22).
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JASON, jā′sun (Ἰάσων, Iásōn): A common name among the Hellenizing Jews who used it for Jesus or Joshua, probably connecting it with the Gr vb. iásthai(“to heal”).(1) Son of Eleazar, sent (161 BC) by Judas Maccabaeus with other deputies to Rome “to make a league of amity and confederacy” (1 Macc
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Jason [jā-sun] (Ἰάσων, Greek substitute for Joshua, יהושע, “Yahweh Is Salvation”) (1) son of Eleazar (10); a delegate sent to Rome by Judas Maccabeus (1 Macc. 8:17) (2) the corrupt high priest 174–171 bce; the brother of Onias III (2 Macc. 4:7) (3) Jason of Cyrene, the author of 2 Maccabees (2 Macc.