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Third Maccabees

Edited by Lawrence M. Wills

in Ancient Jewish Novels

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151428
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151429.003.0008
 Third Maccabees

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An introduction and translation of Third Maccabees. It was not canonized as part of the Hebrew Bible or the Catholic Old Testament Apocrypha, but was contained in the Eastern Orthodox Old Testament. This satire of the Dionysos cult recounts an incidence of persecution of the Jews in Egypt, but pushes the limits of history; their escape comes through a series of miracles. It includes the motifs of prayer and the competition of ethnic groups.

Keywords: Dionysos; Eastern Orthodox; Egypt; ethnic groups; history; miracles; persecution; prayer; satire; Third Maccabees

Chapter.  8702 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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