A small wooden box containing 15 silver tetradrachmas was discovered in the Muraba’at Caves near the Dead Sea by archaeologists in the Theft Prevention Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The Ptolemaic coins date to 170 BC, in the period just before the persecutions of the Seleucid king Antiochus IV Epiphanes. The archaeologists believe these coins are evidence that Jews fled to the desert during that turbulent period of history, as described in 1 Maccabees 2:29. The rise of Antiochus IV and his persecution of the Jews were prophesied hundreds of years before he lived by the prophet Daniel (Dn 11:21–35).
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