First and Second Maccabees
First and Second Maccabees

First and Second Maccabees

in New Collegeville Bible Commentary

by Daniel J. Harrington

Pages 160
Publisher Liturgical Press
Published 2012
ISBN-13 9780814628461
Comprehensive and understandable, these books bring the relevance of the Old Testament to Bible study participants, teachers, students, preachers, and all readers of the Bible. The series is filled with recent scholarship, provides vital background, and addresses important questions such as authorship and cultural context. Often neglected, the books of First and Second Maccabees are important for Christians, as in them is told how the Jewish people established the political and religious culture into which Jesus was born. The martyr stories inform the early Christian martyrdoms, and the books are written in Greek, the language in which the Jews of Jesus time read the scriptures. More importantly, as Father Harrington notes, without the Maccabees the fate of Judaism (and with it Christianity and Islam) was uncertain.

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