Abarbanel on Torah, Deuteronomy 28:49, writes

"Now he mentions the destruction of the second Beis HaMikdosh. From afar. Who came from Britain and other distant countries speedily."

I only have one question as titled. If the response answers any of the following questions, too, then please bring it to my attention:

Who is the "he" in this quote? To whom does he source "Britain"? Who was the first to mention "Britain" in relation to the destruction of the Temple?


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The "he" refers to the speaker, in this case Moses. Abarbanel quotes the book of Yosiphon as saying that some of the troops used by Rome in the destruction of the second Temple came from Britain/England.

  • Yes as he says כנזכר בספר יוסיפון. A reference to where Josephus says this would be be most beneficiary.
    – ezra
    Oct 10, 2021 at 5:32
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    @ezra You're welcome to look for it. :-)
    – N.T.
    Oct 10, 2021 at 5:34
  • Besides "Britain" are there any list of countries from any Jewish source from where "the troops used by Rome in the destruction of the second Temple came from"?
    – ninamag
    Oct 10, 2021 at 6:02
  • @ninamag Abarbanel there writes באו עמים רבים מארצות המערב מברט"נייה ואינגי"לטיר ובר"גונייה ומארצות מזרח גם כן - "Many nations came from the lands of the West, from Brittany(?), England and Burgundy, as well as from the lands of the East"
    – Joel K
    Oct 10, 2021 at 7:11
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    @ezra I believe Josippon is a different book. It's based on Josephus but isn't the same work.
    – Harel13
    Oct 10, 2021 at 16:37

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