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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The son of Simon Maccabeus, king of Judea, as well as High-Priest of the Jews from 135 to 105 B.C.; achieved the independence of his country from the Syrian yoke, extended the borders of it, and compelled the Edomites to accept the Jewish faith at the point of the sword; in the strife then rampant between the Sadducees (q. v .) and the Pharisees ( q. v .) he sided with the former.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Hyrcanus, John'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/h/hyrcanus-john.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.