This man, whose name is said to have been Zabidus, came to the
Jews, and promised that he would deliver Apollo, the god of Dora, into
their hands, and that he would come to our temple, if they would all come
up with him, and bring the whole multitudehouse, and carried off
that golden head of an ass, (for so facetiously does he write,) and then
went his way back again to Dora in great haste." And say you so, sir!
as I may reply; then does Apion load the ass, that is, himself, and lays
on him a buf, he changes their situation;
for Idumea borders upon our country, and is near to Gaza, in which there
is no such city as Dora; although there be, it is true, a city named Dora
in Phoenicia, near Mount Carmel, but it is four days' journey from IdumeDora
in Phoenicia, near Mount Carmel, but it is four days' journey from Idumea.
Judea, in the Greek, by a gross mistake of the transcribers.
Now, then, why does this man accuse us, because we have not gods in common
with other nations, if our fathers were so easily prevailed upon to have
Apollo come to them, and thought they