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Books of Maccabees
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A group of four writings which provide witness to Judaism and Jewish life just prior to the rise of Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. These works are the main sources of the history of Israel in the mid-second century bc.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Maccabees, Books of the
Maccabees, Books of the A group of four writings which provide witness to Judaism and Jewish life just prior to the rise of Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. These works are the main sources of the history of Israel in the mid-second century bc.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Maccabees, Books of
MACCABEES, BOOKS OF. This entry consists of three articles. The first covers the deuterocanonical books of 1 and 2 Maccabees, while the second and third cover the books of 3 Maccabees and 4 Maccabees, respectively.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Maccabees, Books of
Maccabees, Books of Books of the OT Apocrypha (1 and 2 Maccabees) and Pseudepigrapha (3, 4, and 5 Maccabees). Since the history of the Maccabean period is nowhere better delineated than in 1 and 2 Maccabees, this article concentrates on the exposition of those books, treating other topics synoptically.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Maccabees, Books of (Writing)
Maccabees, Books of. †Four apocryphal or deuterocanonical (1 and 2 Maccabees) and pseudepigraphal (3 and 4 Maccabees) books, independent in origins yet concerning the struggle of the Jews against Hellenism during the intertestamental period.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Maccabees, Books of
Maccabees, Books of. Four Books, so called after the hero of the first two, *Judas Maccabaeus, are found in certain MSS of the *Septuagint, of which the first three are included in the Canon of the E. Church and the first two in that of the RC Church and the *Apocrypha of (non-RC) English Bibles. (A
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Maccabees Books of
Mac´cabees, Books of. Four books which bear the common title of “Maccabees” are found in some MSS of the LXX. Two of these were included in the early current Latin versions of the Bible, and thence passed into the Vulgate. As forming part of the Vulgate they were received as canonical by the Council
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Maccabees, Books of the (Writing)
Maccabees, Books of theThere were originally five books of the Maccabees. The first contains a history of the war of independence, commencing (175) in a series of patriotic struggles against the tyranny of Antiochus Epiphanes, and terminating 135. It became part of the Vulgate Version of the Bible,