visit of Alexander to Jerusalem is recorded by Josephus only. The fact that it is not mentioned by Arrian,
who had contemporary diaries before him, by Quintus Curtius, or by Diodorus Siculus, certainly throws some doubt
upon it. But it must be remembered that Jerusalem was not more interesting than any other Syrian town to these
writers. Bishop Westcott thinks that Josephus's narrative may be true, and I am content to make this opinion my
defence for introducing the incident into my story.