A New Translation, with Introduction and Commentary
By (author) Jonathan A. Goldstein
Commentaries by Jonathan A. Goldstein
Introduction by Jonathan A. Goldstein
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I Maccabees by Jonathan A. Goldstein
Book Description"The Apocryphal book of "I Maccabees" (Volume 41 in the acclaimed "Anchor Bible" series) is an inspirational thriller." With the help of God, the aged priest Mattathias and his sons - Judas Maccabaeus, Jonathan, and Simon - dramatically lead the Jews of Judaea first to victory and then to freedom against the formidable successors of Alexander the Great. Their struggles begin in guerilla warfare, responding to the terrible persecutions decreed by King Antiochus IV, and courageously accomplish their first great triumph - still celebrated in the festival of Hanukkah.The Introduction to this volume considers not only "I Maccabees", but also the parallel accounts found in "II Maccabees" and shows that the two authors of "I & II Maccabees" wrote with passionate conviction to teach two sharply opposed points of view. In some cases their convictions blinded them to the truth, but Professor Goldstein renders their teachings accessible to the modern reader and reconstructs what really happened, making valuable contributions to Greek and Roman as well as to Jewish history. Nineteen maps and diagrams set the scene of the dramatic struggle and the troubled times described in "I Maccabees".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300140736
(235mm x 156mm x 51mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Examines the critical issues raised by "II Maccabees". Examining its language and style, its Hellenic yet Jewish flavor, its comparison and relationship to "I Maccabees", its use of sacred writings, its historical context, and the role of the miraculous, this volume elucidates this powerful account of a pivotal period in Jewish history.
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