By Daniel R. Schwartz
2 Maccabees is a Jewish paintings composed in the course of the 2d century BCE and preserved through the Church. Written in Hellenistic Greek and informed from a Jewish-Hellenistic point of view, 2 Maccabees narrates and translates the ups and downs of occasions that came about in Jerusalem ahead of and through the Maccabean rebellion: institutionalized Hellenization and the basis of Jerusalem as a polis; the persecution of Jews by way of Antiochus Epiphanes, followed by means of well-known martyrdoms; and the uprising opposed to Seleucid rule by means of 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 particularly various from these represented through its competitor, 1 Maccabees.
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