By Daniel R. Schwartz
2 Maccabees is a Jewish paintings composed through the 2d century BCE and preserved by means of the Church. Written in Hellenistic Greek and advised 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 insurrection: institutionalized Hellenization and the basis of Jerusalem as a polis; the persecution of Jews by means of Antiochus Epiphanes, observed by way of well-known martyrdoms; and the uprising opposed to Seleucid rule via Judas Maccabaeus. 2 Maccabees is an immense 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 usually relatively various from these represented through its competitor, 1 Maccabees.
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