Daniel 11: 3-4
- Daniel 11:3 That is, Alexander the great.
- Daniel 11:4 For when his estate was most flourishing, he overcame himself with drink, and so fell into a disease: or as some write, was poisoned by Cassander.
- Daniel 11:4 For his twelve chief Princes first divided his kingdom among themselves.
- Daniel 11:4 After this his Monarchy was divided into four: for Seleucus had Syria, Antigonus Asia minor, Cassander the kingdom of Macedonia, and Ptolemy Egypt.
- Daniel 11:4 Thus God revenged Alexander’s ambition and cruelty in causing his posterity to be murdered, partly of the father’s chief friends, and partly one of another.
- Daniel 11:4 None of these four shall be able to be compared to the power of Alexander.
- Daniel 11:4 That is, his posterity having no part thereof.He reportedly was fearless as a lad. He tamed a horse called Bucephalus, a horse that would accompany his world conquest.He was tutored by Aristotle.At age 16, he became a co-regent of Macedon with his father, King Philip, a man who had united much of Greece including the League of Corinth.At 20, Alexander’s father died and he took command.He went on the offensive. Asia Minor fell. Palestine fell. He rampaged around the Mediterranean coastline. He founded and named a city after himself, Alexandria. 60 other cities adopted the namesake.He headed east. The Persians fell. He made it to India by 327, but his wearied troops forced his retreat westwards.He allegedly accepted homage “as a god,” as Dr. Rusten tells it.He died 10 June 323 at age 33. In 13 years, he had rampaged around the world and brought much of the ANE under his influence. His kingdom was split:
- Macedonia and Greece went to Antipater
- Thrace and Asia Minor went to Lysimachus
- Syria went to Seleucus
- Egypt and Palestine went to Ptolemy
- Nahum 1:2 Meaning, of his glory.
- Nahum 1:2 With his he is but angry for a time, but his anger never assuageth toward the reprobate, though for a time he defer it.
- Nahum 1:3 Thus the wicked would make God’s mercy an occasion to sin, but the Prophet willeth them to consider his force and justice.SourcesMilns, R.D. “Alexander the Great.” ABC. 1: 146-150.Thompson, J.E.H. “Alexander the Great.” ISBE. Rev. ed. 1:87-9.