Book of Third Maccabees
The book is set several decades before the Maccabean revolt. It tells of the persecution of the Jews under Ptolemy IV Philopater. 3 Macc 1:1–7:23
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Maccabees, Third Book Of
Maccabees, Third Book of, a book that, despite its name, recounts the persecution of the Jews in the era prior to the Maccabees. It concerns attempts by the Egyptian ruler Ptolemy IV Philopator (221–203 bce) to persecute Jews throughout his realm, first through registration and enslavement enforced by
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
MACCABEES, THIRD BOOK OF [Μακκαβαίων Γ Makkabaiōn G]. An apocryphal OT writing, usually dated to around the beginning of the common era, or somewhat earlier. It relates the story of the miraculous deliverance of the Jewish community, annually celebrated in the synagogues of Egypt. The writing is preserved