Nor did Julius Antonius, the proconsul, write otherwise. "To
the magistrates, senate, and people of the Ephesians, sendeth greeting.
As I was dispensing justice at Ephesus, on the Ides of February, the Jews
that dwell in Asia demonstrated to me that Augustus and Agrippa had permitted
them to use their own laws and customs, and to offer those their first-fruits,
which every one of them freely offers to the Deity on account of piety,
and to carry them in a company together to Jerusalem without disturbance.
They also petitioned me that I also would confirm what had been granted
by Augustus and Agrippa by my own sanction. I would therefore have you
take notice, that according to the will of Augustus and Agrippa, I permit
them to use and do according to the customs of their forefathers without