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Bibil Identifier bibil:204278
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Composition of II Maccabees
Title (English, ) Insights Provided by a Literary topos
Author Morrison, Gary
Journal Biblica (Volume: 90, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 564-572 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract II Maccabees is an unusual text, its composition and content are topics of extensive discussion. This paper identifies a literary construct that we attribute to the epitomiser. Its identification allows us to assign various parts of the text to the same hand giving us more insight into both the text’s composition and the epitomiser’s ability as an historian and writer. Furthermore, the identified literary topos suggests that recent attempts to minimise the extent to which II Maccabees represents any conflict between the Greeks and the Jews, Judaism and Hellenism may need to be reconsidered, some apparent instances of favourable relations between the Jews and other nations (in particular the Hellenes) are not what they seem.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Deuterocanonical : 1 and 2 Maccabees : 2 Maccabees
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Topos
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