Vatican Library, ms. gr. 747/Photo by Kurt Weizmann

The 72 elders, six from each tribe, are treated to an elaborate—and kosher—welcoming banquet by their host, Ptolemy, who lounges on couch, left. “Everything of which you partake,” he tells them, “will be served in compliance with your habits; it will be served to me as well as to you” (verse 181).