With the help of God, the aged priest Mattathias and his sons—Judas Maccabaeus, Jonathan, and Simon—dramatically lead the Jews of Judaea first to victory and then to freedom against the formidable successors of Alexander the Great. Their struggles begin in guerilla warfare, responding to the terrible persecutions decreed by King Antiochus IV, and courageously accomplish their first great triumph—still celebrated in the festival of Hanukkah.
The introduction to this volume considers not only I Maccabees, but also the parallel accounts found in II Maccabees and shows that the two authors of I and II Maccabees wrote with passionate conviction to teach two sharply opposed points of view. In some cases their convictions blinded them to the truth, but Jonathan A. Goldstein renders their teachings accessible to the modern reader and reconstructs what really happened, making valuable contributions to Greek and Roman as well as to Jewish history. Nineteen maps and diagrams set the scene of the dramatic struggle and the troubled times described in I Maccabees.
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“Several traits sharply distinguish First Maccabees from the biblical histories. Prophesy is absent from the narrative; so are miracles in the sense of direct supernatural intervention.” (Page 12)
“He probably intended to add his work to the sacred scriptures of the Jews. However, it was destined to be rejected. The later history of the Hasmonaean dynasty proved false our author’s claim that God had chosen Mattathias’ line to be both high priests and kings. Belief in the resurrection, denied by our author, became a fundamental of Judaism.” (Page 26)
“silent on the value of martyrdom. Nowhere does he suggest that the blood of the martyrs rouses God to action” (Page 12)