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Question from Dave B on 8/8/2008:

Reading 2 Maccabees Chapter 11 v27-38 V 38 The fifteenth day of Dioscorus in the year one hundred and forty eight. I assume this means 148 BC. How does the author of this letter know that the year is 148BC?

Answer by David Gregson on 9/29/2008:

The letters quoted in 2 Maccabees 11, dated the one hundred and forty-eighth year, have reference not to years before the birth of Christ, but to years after the founding of the Seleucid dynasty (by Alexander's general Seleucus), in 312 BC. According to modern dating, 148 of the Seleucid era would be 164 BC.

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