Excerpt from Post-Biblical History of the Jews, Vol. 2 of 2: From the Close of the Old Testament, About the Year 420 B.C.E. Till the Destruction of the Second Temple, in the Year 70 C. E
As soon as this important conquest had been achieved, Simon in person led his army against Gaza, a city which had revolted after the death of Jonathan. The walls were battered by his engines until suﬂicient breaches were made, and the Jews were on the point of storming, when the entire population of the city, men, women, and children, appeared on the walls with their clothes rent, and prayed for mercy with such doleful cries, that Simon took pity on them, and granted them a capitulation on the same terms as Joppa, replacing the Syrian population by Jews.
The next year (142 B. O. E.) the fortress of Acre, which, for more than a quarter of a century, had been a grievous thorn in the side of the Jews, was after a close investment of two years starved into a surrender. Simon, who was anxious to get possession of a fortress impregnable to his utmost force, and to be subdued only by famine, granted a liberal capitulation as well to the Syrians as to the Jewish apostates who formed the garrison, whom he per mitted to march out and leave J udea peaceably and unmo lested. He himself at the head of his men, with palm-branches in their hands, and trumpets sounding, and singing psalms, marched to take possession with every demonstration of joy.
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