See Antiq. B. XIV. ch. 8. sect. 1; B. XV. ch.
7. sect. 9. Of the War, B. II. ch. 3. sect. 1; B. IV. ch. 4. sect. 5. This,
in the opinion of Josephus, made them proselytes of justice, or entire
Jews, as here and elsewhere, Antiq. B. XIV. ch. 8. sect. 1. However, Antigonus,
the enemy of Herod, though Herod were derived from such a proselyte of
justice for several generations, will allow him to be no more than a half
Jew, B. XV. ch. 15. sect. 2. .But still, take out of Dean Prideaux, at
the year 129, the words of Ammouius, a grammarian, which fully confirm
this account of the Idumeans in Josephus: "The Jews," says he,
are such by nature, and from the beginning, whilst the Idumeans were not
Jews from the beginning, but Phoenicians and Syrians; but being afterward
subdued by the Jews, and compelled to be circumcised, and to unite into
one nation, and be subject to the same laws, they were called Jews."
Dio also says, as the Dean there quotes him, from Book XXXVI. p. 37, "That
country is ca