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Old Testament Notes

Heliodorus Driven from the Temple.


            Heliodorus Driven from the Temple. This story is told in the Book of the Maccabees (Apocrypha). A pagan soldier, Heliodorus, entered the Temple with an evil purpose, and he was driven from it by divine intervention on the eyes of the high priest Onias.
See: Eugène Delacroix Heliodorus Driven from the Temple.
Raphael The Expulsion of Heliodorus.
In his fresco Raphael also depicts Pope Julius II as a witness to the event, which symbolized that God expelled enemies of the church from the Vatican and Julius II witnessed this expulsion.
 

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