Reading Aid: 2 Maccabees and the History of Jason of Cyrene Reconsidered

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism
Francis Borchardt Lutheran Theological Seminary Hong Kong 50 Tao Fung Shan Road, Shatin Hong Kong

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This article investigates the prefatory material in 2 Maccabees (2:19-32; 15:38-39) in order to reveal the motivation and attitude of the epitomator of 2 Maccabees toward the text he is adapting. The article argues that the concept of auxiliary texts, recognized in Graeco-Roman and Hellenistic texts by classicist Markus Dubischar, is the lens through which to properly understand the preface and therefore the scribe’s motivation for textual adaptation. The article further employs these conclusions to question whether other texts from the Judean milieu might also be best understood in this category.

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