2 Maccabees (Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature) by Daniel R. Schwartz

By Daniel R. Schwartz

2 Maccabees is a Jewish paintings composed in the course of the 2d century BCE and preserved by means of the Church. Written in Hellenistic Greek and informed from a Jewish-Hellenistic viewpoint, 2 Maccabees narrates and translates the ups and downs of occasions that came about in Jerusalem sooner than and through the Maccabean rebel: institutionalized Hellenization and the root of Jerusalem as a polis; the persecution of Jews by means of Antiochus Epiphanes, observed by way of well-known martyrdoms; and the uprising opposed to Seleucid rule through Judas Maccabaeus. 2 Maccabees is a crucial 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 usually rather assorted from these represented via its competitor, I Maccabees.

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