- When he was dead, and had left a young son, who was called Onias
[II], Simon’s brother Eleazar...took the high priesthood” [whether as
“regent” specifically is not said]. Josephus AJ XII.II.5
- It was high priest Eleazar with whom Ptolemy [II] Philadelphus
arranged for a Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures.
- While Onias [II] was high priest, Antiochus [III] and Ptolemy [V]
reconciled their conflict and ”made a league”--Antiochus gave Ptolemy
his daughter Cleopatra [I] to wife and yielded up as her dowry
“Celesyria, and Samaria, and Judea and Phoenicia.... ... This happened
when Onias [II 2] was high priest.” Josephus AJ XII.IV.1.
- “[A]fter Eleazar’s death, his uncle Manasseh took the priesthood.”