Category Archives: II Maccabees

II Maccabees and the Afterlife

I finished the Deutero-canonical book of II Maccabees last night.  I was not planning to read II Maccabees during Hanukkah, which commemorates some of the historical events that II Maccabees is about.  It just happened that way.  I started the … Continue reading

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Enoch, Jubilees, and the Mosaic Torah

I read two essays that I really enjoyed in Enoch and the Mosaic Torah: The Evidence of Jubilees.  The first one was Gabriele Boccaccini’s “From a Movement of Dissent to a Distinct Form of Judaism: The Heavenly Tablets in Jubilees … Continue reading

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Oniads Vs. Hasmoneans, Part 2

I finished Jonathan Goldstein’s Anchor Bible commentary on II Maccabees.  In this post, I’d like to elaborate upon the topic that I discussed yesterday: the rivalry between the Oniads and the Hasmoneans for the priesthood. On page 542, Goldstein states: … Continue reading

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Oniads Vs. Hasmoneans

On page 498 of his Anchor Bible commentary on II Maccabees, Jonathan Goldstein speculates that the break between Onias IV and the Hasmoneans occurred after their battle with Nicanor. When Alcimus was installed as high priest, the Oniads and the … Continue reading

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Annihilation; Partially Fulfilled

I have two items for my write-up today on Jonathan Goldstein’s commentary on II Maccabees. 1.  On pages 305-306, Goldstein in his comment on II Maccabees 7:9 contends that Jason (the author of II Maccabees) interprets Daniel 12:2 to mean … Continue reading

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Two (or Three) Epistles Commencing II Maccabees

For my write-up today on Jonathan Goldstein’s Anchor Bible commentary on II Maccabees, I’ll discuss Goldstein’s treatment of the two (or, technically, three) epistles at the beginning of the book. Epistle 1 is in II Maccabees 1:1-10a.  According to Goldstein, … Continue reading

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Some Interesting Points in Goldstein’s II Maccabees

I started Jonathan Goldstein’s Anchor Bible commentary on II Maccabees. Goldstein dates I Maccabees to 90 B.C.E., Jason of Cyrene’s work to 86 B.C.E., and the abridgement of Jason’s work that we recognize as II Maccabees to 78/7-63 B.C.E.  Goldstein … Continue reading

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