This series of Guidesis designed to meet the needs of students of the apocryphal and pseudepigraphical writings in a concise and accessible format. The complete set of books will offer a comprehensive introduction to the literature. Each guide comprises -and introductions to the content and message of the particular book -a survey of the significant critical issues -an assessment of recent scholarship -signposts towards major critical works in the area -annotated bibliographies Each guide is written by an acknowledged expert in the field, and the authors have drawn on their teaching experience for this series.
This is a book for anyone interested in the political and cultural results of the entry of the small state of Judah and its capital Jerusalem into the wider Hellenistic world in the second century BCE. In particular it forms a helpful introduction to the biblical writing called 1 Maccabees, which is preserved in the Apocrypha. 1 Maccabees is a history of the rebellion of the Jews against their Syrian rulers in the 160s BCE. The rebellion's leader was Judas Maccabee, and from his family and its success sprang a dynasty that ruled Judah for the century before the arrival of Herod the Great. The author of 1 Maccabees was a keen supporter of that dynasty, and saw their early rulers as made in the mould of the early kings of Israel. The present book introduces the student to modern scholarly research on 1 Maccabees and its author.>