CBS 2 Maccabees

Recorded February 6th 2014


2 Maccabees is very different from 1 Maccabees, even though it tells much the same story. The author states (2:23) that his work is an abridgment of a longer five volume work by a person called  Jason of Cyrene. However, this work is lost. It was written in Greek, so not included in the canon of the Hebrew Bible. The style includes marvelous and exaggerated accounts of events, appearances of angelic beings to fight for the Jews against their enemies, and stories which glorify God’s holy martyrs. (6:18-7:42; 14:37-46). Most notably, this includes the first explicit belief in the Old Testament in the resurrection of the body. Note also in 12:38-46 a belief in the efficacy of prayers for the dead, a disputed doctrine at the time of the Reformation.

Thanks to Lucia Stadter for the suggestion of the picture above, ‘Heliodorus driven from the Temple’ by Raphael in the Vatican Palace, an incident recorded in 2 Maccabees 3:7-40


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