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by Jonathan A. Goldstein

eBook II Maccabees (The Anchor Bible, Vol. 41A) epub
  • ISBN: 0385048645
  • Author: Jonathan A. Goldstein
  • Genre: Christians
  • Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Doubleday & Co.; 1st edition (October 11, 1983)
  • Pages: 595 pages
  • ePUB size: 1342 kb
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Goldstein, Jonathan A. (1983). 41a. ISBN 978-0-3850-4864-4.

The Apocryphal book of I Maccabees (Volume 41 in the acclaimed Anchor Bible series) is an inspirational thriller

The Apocryphal book of I Maccabees (Volume 41 in the acclaimed Anchor Bible series) is an inspirational thriller. The Apocryphal book ofI Maccabees(Volume 41 in the acclaimed Anchor Bible series) is an inspirational thriller. 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.

Goldstein - II Maccabees - Free ebook download as PDF File . df), Text File . xt) or read book online for free. The anchor bible doubleday. New york london toronto sydney auckland. Like my volume 41 in the Anchor Bible, this volume 41A contains chiefly my own efforts to solve the problems of the First and Second Books of Maccabees, though I am aware of, and try to acknowledge, my deep in debtedness to my predecessors.

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Publication: New York : Doubleday, 1983Description: 595 . SBN: 0-385-04864-5. SBN: 0-385-04864-5 Subject: Библия. 2 Макавеев - Комментарии, Bible. Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title.

Jonathan Amos Goldstein, American Ancient history and classics educator. Fulbright scholar United States State Department, Israel, 1959-1960; senior faculty fellow U. Iowa, 1984.

The Anchor Bible, vol. 4. Pp. 593; 4 figures, 15 maps. Doubleday & C. 1976. Christ Church, Oxford.

II Maccabees continues the chronicle of the "Time of the Troubles" (167-64 B.C.E.), begun in I Maccabees. It recounts the stories of conflict between militant Jews, led by Judas Maccabaeus, and their Hellenistic oppressors. Aside from the story of the struggle to control the temple and the holy city of Jerusalem, though, II Maccabees shares little in common with I Maccabees. The second volume of reflections of Jewry in the generation following the Maccabaean revolt presents and evaluates the experience from its own unique perspective.How these events came to be written, who told the stories, and what reasons motivated such divergent yet parallel interpretations are the questions Jonathan A. Goldstein, translator and commentator on both Maccabaean histories, addresses here. Goldstein utilizes the full array of scholarly tools to examine the critical issues raised by II Maccabees. By examining its language and style, its Hellenic yet Jewish flavor, its comparison and relationship to I Maccabees, its use of sacred writings (Torah and Prophets), its historical context, and the role of the miraculous, Goldstein thoroughly elucidates this powerful account of a pivotal period in Jewish history.As the commentary makes clear, II Maccabees focuses on certain themes: miracles as God's tools for shaping history; the holiness of the Jerusalem temple; the dynamic relationship between the Hasmonaean rulers and their pious opponents; praise of martyrdom; the doctrine of resurrection. An abridgment of Jason of Cyrene's work, II Maccabees advances its own theological perspective to its Greek-speaking audience, refuting the Hasmonaean partisan's view that pervades I Maccabees.Jonathan A. Goldstein, author of I Maccabees, is Professor of History and Classics at the University of Iowa. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Harvard, and a doctorate at Columbia University.
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The late Jonathan Goldstein was a genius in many ways, though he didn't play by academic rules and to some extent has been ignored by academics. At least they affect to ignore him, but mine his notes privately, and will be doing so for some time to come. They ignored him because he didn't hobnob and incessantly quote others, and largely kept to himself in Iowa, I gather.

First let's make sure we know what we are reading here: These two books (1 and 2 Macc; Anchor 41 and 41A) are for scholars and the scholarly public; it would be wonderful if more Christians and Jews knew the history of the first two centuries BC, a period which 'gave birth' to both religions, but Goldstein is not writing popular history or a popular commentary here. The books are full of daring and fascinating hypotheses concerning the details of the historical reality behind the narratives of 1st and 2nd Maccabees, Josephus, Daniel 7-12, parts of Enoch and parts of the Testament of Moses. He dates the apocalypses of Daniel 7-12 from this time, with critical scholars of all types and against fundamentalists of many types. And he dates the relevant parts of Enoch and TestMoses from this time as well, though this is not universally held.

He is not interested, as Martin Hengel or some other scholars were, in stating an overarching thesis about Hellenism and the Jews, though he shares some observations with Hengel. Goldstein, more thoroughly than anyone before or since, elucidated the relations of these texts to one another, and to Livy, Polybius, Diodorus, fragments found in the Church fathers, and many other sources.

Many of his conclusions are unlikely, but he was still a genius. I think that his two books have the most fire and daring of the whole first generation of Anchor Bible commentaries, and they will be relevant for much longer. They are certainly two of the foundations of any serious education in the Hasmonean period. Few scholars are still capable of his breadth, so I don't expect a better work of this type for some time to come. For Jews or Christians with some sort of liberal education who want to know more about the Hasmonean period or the origin of the Hanukkah festival, these are essential reading. (Note that the main introduction is in 1st Macc, and in 2nd Maccabees Goldstein corrects some of his views in 1 Macc and engages with some of his critics; so the books are really a unit.)
Well, how can I say this in a nice way? If I had seen a review on this commentary explaining it in detail, I would not have purchased it.

Let me give my perspective, because I'm sure there are some buyers who might be interested in this type of commentary, but I am a pastor who is working on sermons for preaching in a local Church. I look for commentaries that avoid the endless speculations about who might have originally written what part of the text, and how it might have been modified by someone who might have existed a long time ago.

This commentary never seems to leave that subject behind. The author seems endlessly enamored with textual criticism. So if you love TC, buy this commentary. If it seems irrelevant to you, don't get this one.

Let me focus on the martyrdom of Eleazar in II Mac 6. At first I was really excited. I thought, "Wow-he gives a page of original translation of the martyrdom. Then he gives seven pages of notes!!" His translation is at times easy to understand, but at other times it is difficult to comprehend. One phrase was so unclear I had no idea what it meant. In contrast, my other translations of II Macc were able to help me grasp the meaning the first time through. So that wasn't good, but by the time I finished his notes on a section, I felt I discovered something that would be best for a research paper on redaction theories or something.

On Eleazar's martyrdom, this author seems to have a strong grasp of Ancient Near Eastern background to the Old Testament, with speculative theories about Mardukist Martyrdom texts providing illumination to the Jewish martyrdom texts (I found that implausible). His breadth of interaction reaches in every direction, except into the N.T. It's clear to my mind that Eleazar's martyrdom is a spectacular example of what Peter has in mind when he suggests adding 'Aretes' 'Virtue' to ones faith. Since 'aretes' is the key point of the story, setting up the inspiration of the seven martyred brothers in the next chapter, it seems odd to me that the author would find ties to Marduk, but nothing in common with Peter's writings!! And also given that Maccabees is one of keys sources for the study of Jewish backgrounds of the NT, I was disappointed with Goldstein's failure to tie into New Testament material.

Another thing that I found disappointing was that this commentary does not provide life transforming application of any kind, nor does it focus in an organized way on theological implications from the text.

All that aside, it has value. There are grammatical comments sprinkled throughout dealing with Greek issues that may help the reader grasp nuances more clearly. He also has extensive indexes in the back and ten pencil maps of various scenarios related to Maccabees. He has appendixes with titles like:

How the writers counted time. The Petition of the Samaritans and Antiochus IV's reply. Why it is unlikely that epistle 2 was composed between 67 BCE and 73 CE. (I would say between 67 BC and 73 AD)

His scripture index has a few references to the NT, but not much at all.

Basically, for pastors and Bible teachers who have to bring real life inspiration and transformation into peoples lives on a regular basis, you will not want to purchase this book. If you are into research and are looking for interesting theories to round out a paper for a school project, then this commentary might be your ticket.

BTW-the price printed on the back of this book is $35. I really did not appreciate being charged $10 over list by Amazon. I think if anything this commentary should sell for well below list. I would value it at about $19.95
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