2 Maccabees

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Walter de Gruyter, Dec 10, 2008 - Religion - 627 pages
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2 Maccabees is a Jewish work composed during the 2nd century BCE and preserved by the Church. Written in Hellenistic Greek and told from a Jewish-Hellenistic perspective, 2 Maccabees narrates and interprets the ups and downs of events that took place in Jerusalem prior to and during the Maccabean revolt: institutionalized Hellenization and the foundation of Jerusalem as a polis; the persecution of Jews by Antiochus Epiphanes, accompanied by famous martyrdoms; and the rebellion against Seleucid rule by Judas Maccabaeus. 2 Maccabees is an important source both for the events it describes and for the values and interests of the Judaism of the Hellenistic diaspora that it reflects - which are often quite different from those represented by its competitor, 1 Maccabees.

 

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Contents

I Subject Purpose and Date
3
II Sources and Development
16
III Historical Worth and Leading Ideas
38
IV Between the Bible and Greek Literature
57
V Language and Style
67
VI Reception and Text
85
VII Literature
97
VIII Abbreviations and Bibliography
98
Chapter XI
392
Chapter XII
414
Chapter XIII
445
Chapter XIV
463
Chapter XV
492
On the Letters in Chapters 12
519
to register the people of Jerusalem as Antiochenes 49
530
his second invasion 51
533

1218
129
1932
170
Chapter III
181
Chapter IV
207
Chapter V
247
Chapter VI
270
Chapter VII
296
Chapter VIII
320
Chapter IX
349
Chapter X
369
as the residents of the place requested 62
537
A Ptolemaic Account of Antiochus Decrees? 2 Macc 67
541
the tribute still owed to the Romans 2 Macc 810 36
544
The Battle Against the Galatians 820
546
their own foods 1131
549
to be his successor 1426
551
the Syrian Language 1536
553
and ever since the city was taken over by the Hebrews it has been in their hands 1537
556
Backmatter
561
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Daniel R. Schwartz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

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