The letter of Saint James

“He alone had the privilege of entering the Holy of Holies, since indeed he did not use woolen vestments but linen and went alone into the temple and prayed in behalf of the people, insomuch that his knees were reputed to have acquired the hardness of camels’ knees.”

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The first book of the Maccabees

“As with all political movements, the advance of Greek customs in Judaea had created two rivalling factions – the Jews who wished to remain with their ancestral customs and religion (‘conservatives’) and the Jews who wished to ‘move with the world’ (‘progressives’).”

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