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Bible (KJV) Apocrypha/Deuterocanon: 2 Maccabees

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2 Maccabees is a powerful and often overlooked book in the Apocrypha that provides a detailed account of the struggles and triumphs of the Jewish people during the time of the Maccabean Revolt. As we follow the story of Judas Maccabeus and his brothers, we witness their courage, faith, and unwavering determination to fight for their beliefs and freedom.

The book is filled with stories of miraculous interventions, battles, and sacrifices made by the Maccabees in their quest to protect their religion and traditions. The theme of standing up against oppression and remaining steadfast in one's faith resonates throughout the text, making it a timeless and relevant read for people of all faiths.

The King James Version (KJV) translation of 2 Maccabees is beautifully written, capturing the poetic and dramatic elements of the original text. The language is rich and evocative, drawing readers into the narrative and allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the struggles and triumphs of the Maccabees.

Overall, 2 Maccabees is a compelling and inspiring book that sheds light on a crucial period in Jewish history. It serves as a reminder of the importance of standing up for one's beliefs and the power of faith in overcoming adversity. Whether you are a religious scholar or simply a fan of historical literature, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.

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The Second Book of Machabees is not, as the name might suggest, a continuation of the First, but covers part of the same ground. The book proper is preceded by two letters of the Jews of Jerusalem to their Egyptian coreligionists. The first dated in 124 B.C., contains only an invitation to the Jews of Egypt to celebrate the feast of the Dedication of the Temple. The second which is undated, is from the senate and Judas Machabeus to the counsellor of Ptolemy, and to the Jews in Egypt. It informs them Egyptian Jews of the death of Antiochus, and invites them to celebrate the feasts of the Dedication and of the Recovery of the Sacred Fire. The story of the recovery of the sacred fire is then related.

The book itself begins with an elaborate preface in which the author after mentioning that his work is an epitome of the larger history in five books of Jason of Cyrene states his motive in writing the book. The first part relates the attempt of Heliodoris, prime minister of Seleucus IV , to rob the treasures of the Temple. The rest of the book is the history of the Machabean rebellion down to the death of Nicanor , and therefore corresponds to I Mach. II Mach. thus covers a period of only fifteen years, from 176 to 161 B.C. But while the field is narrower, the narrative is much more copious in details than I Mach., and furnishes many particulars, for instance, names of persons, which are not found in the first book. . The Books of Machabees. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. - modified by ancientchristian)

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