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Zenon Papyrus, 259 BCE

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Zenon Papyrus

One of the most valuable sources of information about conditions in Palestine in the middle of the third century is the correspondence of Zenon, an official of the finance minister Apollonius who served under Ptolemy II. Zenon’s archives were found in the Fayoum, Egypt, where he retired after the completion of his service. Several of his letters deal with his travels and business in Palestine. They were discovered in 1915.

Original notation on a papyrus by Zeno of Egypt, commercial agent of Ptolemy II, who visited the estates of “Tobias the Jew” in Transjordan in 259 BCE.

Pearlman, Moshe, The Maccabees. London- Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1973, p. 22.

Avi-Yonah, Michael, ed. A History of Israel and the Holy Land, New York- Continuum Publishing Group, 2001.

See also-

Zenon Papyri- Jews in Hellenistic Egypt

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