By Daniel R. Schwartz
2 Maccabees is a Jewish paintings composed through the 2d century BCE and preserved through the Church. Written in Hellenistic Greek and instructed from a Jewish-Hellenistic viewpoint, 2 Maccabees narrates and translates the ups and downs of occasions that came about in Jerusalem ahead of and through the Maccabean rebel: institutionalized Hellenization and the root of Jerusalem as a polis; the persecution of Jews via Antiochus Epiphanes, followed via well-known martyrdoms; and the uprising opposed to Seleucid rule by way of Judas Maccabaeus. 2 Maccabees is an enormous resource either for the occasions it describes and for the values and pursuits of the Judaism of the Hellenistic diaspora that it displays - that are frequently really diverse from these represented by way of its competitor, 1 Maccabees.
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