4 Maccabees: Guide to the Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha
4 Maccabees: Guide to the Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha   -     By: David A. deSilva
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This series of guides is designed to meet the needs of students of the apocryphal and pseudepigraphical writings in a concise and accessible format. Each guide comprises: An introduction to the content and message of the particular book. A survey of the significant critical issues. An assessment of recent scolarship, and signposts towards major critical works in the area. Each guide is written by an acknowledged expert in the field, and the authors have drawn on their teaching experience for this series. The series editor is Michael Knibb, Proffesor of OT Studies at King's College, London.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Bloomsbury Academic
Dimensions: 81/2 X 51/2 (inches)
ISBN: 1850758964
ISBN-13: 9781850758969
Series: Guides to the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrap

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Hellenistic Greek society offered many advantages to the Jew who was willing to relax Torah for the sake of easier relations with the dominant culture. 4 Maccabees was written to reassure Jewish readers that Torah was in fact the sole path to the perfection of the virtues honoured in Greek culture, as it freed the diligent devotee from slavery to the desire, emotion and the domination of pain and pleasure. In brief compass, deSilva provides a detailed look at the rhetorical and philosophical strategy of the author of 4 Maccabees, who redirects the hearers' desire for honour and advancement toward those commitments that will preserve his Jewish subculture from assimilation. This often neglected text becomes an engaging window into Hellenistic Judaism and into some of the concerns that were formative influences on the early church.

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