First and Second Maccabees

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  • Copyright: 2012-10-15
  • Publisher: Liturgical Pr
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These accounts of the Maccabean revolt, by which the sons of Mattathias reclaimed the temple of Jerusalem, tell an important story of the founding of the Jewish people. "The Hammerers" is the meaning of the nickname "Maccabees," given to Mattathias's sons, who lived in a time of revolution. Empires struggled for control of Greece, Egypt, and Asia, and the small population of Jews tried to preserve their claim to Judea. The five brothers also made heroic contributions to the practice of Judaism. Their rededication of the temple establishes the annual celebration of Hanukkah, and the martyr stories in Second Maccabees emphasize faithfulness to the law of Moses.

Author Biography

Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., is professor of New Testament at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He has a doctorate in biblical languages an literatures from Harvard University. A past president of the Catholic Biblical Association, he has written many books on the Old and New Testament, including the New Collegeville Bible Commentary on Vie Letter to the Hebrews (Liturgical Press, 2006).

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. 4
The First Book of Maccabees
Introductionp. 5
Text and Commentaryp. 9
Crisis and Response (1:1-2:70)p. 9
Judas (3:1-9:22)p. 22
Jonathan (9:23-12:53)p. 56
Simon and John Hyrcanus (13:1-16:24)p. 79
The Second Book of Maccabees
Introductionp. 95
Text and Commentaryp. 97
Two Letters and a Preface (1:1-2:32)p. 97
Heliodorus (3:1-40)p. 106
Antiochus IV (4:1-10:9)p. 110
Nicanor (10:10-15:39)p. 134
Chronological Tablesp. 155
Review Aids and Discussion Topicsp. 156
Index of Citations from the Catechism of the Catholic Churchp. 160
Mapp. 161
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