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By Daniel R. Schwartz

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2 Maccabees is a Jewish paintings composed through the second century BCE and preserved via the Church. Written in Hellenistic Greek and instructed from a Jewish-Hellenistic standpoint, 2 Maccabees narrates and translates the ups and downs of occasions that came about in Jerusalem ahead of and through the Maccabean riot: institutionalized Hellenization and the basis of Jerusalem as a polis; the persecution of Jews by way of Antiochus Epiphanes, followed via recognized martyrdoms; and the uprising opposed to Seleucid rule by way of Judas Maccabaeus. 2 Maccabees is a vital resource either for the occasions it describes and for the values and pursuits of the Judaism of the Hellenistic diaspora that it displays - that are frequently relatively diverse from these represented by way of its competitor, 1 Maccabees.

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As we can see elsewhere (4:42; 5:7–10; Ch. 9; 15:28–35), our author was very concerned with making sure that his villains got their just deserts (see esp. NOTE on 4:16, those for whose ways …), so if Jason’s account did not detail the end of Menelaus, or did not do so very colorfully, we can well understand that our author would be happy to supplement Jason’s materials at this point if he found something suitable for the purpose. The conjecture that the narrative on Menelaus’ death at 13:3–8 is based upon a separate source derives strong additional support from two types of considerations: (a) internal: There is, in this passage, a concatenation of Persian motifs: “king of kings” (v.

80 81 Although there were probably some additional interpolations or glosses added at various times; see our NOTES on 1:12, for (γ ρ) He Himself drove out; 7:18, amazing things have happened; 11:1, the king’s guardian; 14:21, a litter came forward; and Appendix 4. See below, p. 87. 38 Introduction III. Historical Worth and Leading Ideas Wir erfahren darüber näheres nur aus dem zweiten Makkabäerbuch, das sich vielfach als unzuverlässig zeigt wo man es kontrolliren kann, und also auch da Mistrauen verdient wo man es nicht kontrolliren kann.

2 – μολ ναι) just as Chapter 5 had ended with Judas Maccabaeus and his men avoiding pollution (v. 27 – μολψσμο ),45 and that 6:3 ( π στασι« τ « κακ α«) plays with 5:22 ( πιστ τα« το κακο ν), it becomes even more certain that 6:1–11 are from the same hand as Chapters 3–5, 8, and 14–15. Skipping for the moment over the next six verses (12–17), in which the first-person singular is used to address readers and encourage them to draw the proper theological conclusions from the story, we come now to the martyrdom stories of 6:18–32 (Eleazar) and Chapter 7 (the mother and her seven sons).

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