2 Maccabees

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Walter de Gruyter, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 617 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

Subject Purpose and Date
3
Sources and Development
16
Historical Worth and Leading Ideas
38
Between the Bible and Greek Literature
57
Language and Style
67
Reception and Text
85
Literature
97
1218
129
Chapter X
369
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
530

1932
170
Chapter IV
207
Chapter V
247
Chapter VI
270
Chapter VII
296
Chapter VIII
320
Chapter IX
349
as the residents of the place requested 62
537
the tribute still owed to the Romans
544
to be his successor 1426
551
Index of References
561
Index of Names and Subjects
596
Index of Authors
608
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About the author (2008)

Daniel R. Schwartz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

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