676 L (followed by Schreckenberg) reads “we” rather than “they”; I here follow Eusebius, Latin, Niese, and Thackeray. This vague introduction is never given greater specificity (as to ruler, date, or purpose of the campaign), since, despite this statement, Josephus is interested in the content of the story, not its historical context. On Judeans in Seleucid and Ptolemaic armies, see Stern 1.43 with literature; CPJ 1.18-32. It is less certain that they ever served in Alexander’s army.