Category Archives: II Maccabees

Antiochus, Transubstantiation, Edenic Sabbath

1. Source: Isaiah Gafni, “Historical Background,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 7-8. “The change in Seleucid policy may be attributed at least in part to external events. Following the defeat of … Continue reading

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Glorifying Death?

Source: John Sellars, Stoicism (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006) 145-146. “What [Nicolas Malabranche (1638-1715)] found most objectionable in Seneca’s Stoicism was the arrogance of the claim that it is possible to be happy in this life. For Malabranche the … Continue reading

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Stoic Martyrs

Source: John Sellars, Stoicism (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006) 108-109. “If I am doing my best to be a rational being who is free and independent of others, then I will sometimes have to make choices that may appear … Continue reading

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Jubilees and the Hellenistic Reform

Source: George W.E. Nickelsburg, “The Bible Rewritten and Expanded,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 103. “…many of Jubilees’ additions to the biblical text of Genesis and Exodus have the Jew-gentile situation … Continue reading

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Josephus and Titus: Spin, Spin, Spin

Source: Harold W. Attridge, “Josephus and His Works,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 203. “The portrait of Titus [by Josephus] as the reluctant and compassionate destroyer of Jerusalem [in 70 C.E.] … Continue reading

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Paper on IV Maccabees: Seth Schwartz Article

Yesterday, I read Seth Schwartz’s “The Hellenization of Jerusalem and Shechem,” Jews in a Greco-Roman World, ed. Martin Goodman (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998) 37-46. Here are some quotes: 1. “See Tcherikover (1958), 152-174; Bickerman (1979), 38-42, arguing that … Continue reading

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Paper on IV Maccabees: Philo on Sports

I read the following in Philo’s Life of Moses II 211. The translation is from C.D. Yonge, The Works of Philo (United States: Hendrickson, 1993). “For this reason the all-great Moses thought fit that all who were enrolled in his … Continue reading

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Paper on IV Maccabees: Philo on Antinomian Jews

Martin Hengel, Judaism and Hellenism: Studies in their Encounter in Palestine during the Early Hellenistic Period (London: SCM, 1974) 301. “Philo, too, reports much criticism of the Torah in Greek-educated and predominantly Jewish circles in Alexandria, ‘who disregard kinsmen and … Continue reading

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Paper on IV Maccabees: Other Changes in Government

Today, I read Robert Doran’s “Jason’s Gymnasion,” Of Scribes and Scrolls, ed. Harold W. Attridge, John J. Collins, Thomas H. Tobin (Lanham: University Press of America, 1990) 99-109. Here is a quote about a change in education impacting the politeia: … Continue reading

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Paper on IV Maccabees: A Few Hengel Quotes

I’m working my way through Martin Hengel’s Judaism and Hellenism: Studies in their Encounter in Palestine during the Early Hellenistic Period (London: SCM, 1974). I stumbled on some quotes that may relate to my paper topic: 1. “A way was … Continue reading

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