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The Maccabees at Prayer: Pro- and Anti-Hasmonean Tendencies in the Prayers of First and Second Maccabees
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2011 (English)In: Early Christianity, ISSN 1868-7032, Vol. 2, no 2, 198-218 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the depictions of prayer in First and Second Maccabees in light of these works’ conflicting opinions about the importance of Judas the Maccabean in the Jews’ eventual liberation from Seleucid rule. The contrasting opinions have a decisive influence on these texts’ correspondingly divergent presentations of Judas and other Jews at prayer. The pro-Hasmonean propaganda of First Maccabees is consistent with accounts in which Judas leads initiatives to pray and appears as the anointed conqueror in answer to the prayers of the Jewish people. In Second Maccabees, however, alternate depictions of prayer have the effect of lessening Judas’ stature; these depictions highlight the (deuteronomistic) repentance of the Jewish people, the requests for miraculous intervention, and the meritorious suffering of the (so-called) Maccabean martyrs.

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Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck , 2011. Vol. 2, no 2, 198-218 p.
Keyword [en]
Maccabees, prayer, Maccabean martyrs
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
Old Testament Exegesis; New Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-141397DOI: 10.1628/186870311795777445OAI: diva2:385550
Available from: 2013-02-04 Created: 2011-01-11 Last updated: 2013-03-14Bibliographically approved

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