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Bibil Identifier bibil:245270
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Spatial Analysis of the References to Heaven in 2 Maccabees
Author Coetzer, Eugene
Journal Biblische Notizen (Volume: 168)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 105-115 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The text of 2 Maccabees bas been fruitfully explored. Many aspects have been highlighted, from resurrection and temple propaganda to war and the role of the seven brothers’ mother. However, one aspect that is yet to be explored is the significance of the many references to heaven. These references fulfil a certain role within the narrative plan. The uniqueness of the allusions to heaven may be explained through the uniqueness of the circumstances that are communicated in the text of 2 Maccabees. The narrative focuses on the centrality of the Temple and accordingly emphasizes the urgency of its desecration. Consequently, these references can be re-evaluated as fulfilling a fundamental spatial role within circumstances that involve a desecrated and ineffectual temple. They are a key facet in understanding the intricate elements that produce the salvation of the Jews of 2 Maccabees from their oppresssor.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Adam : Apocalypse of Adam (Codex Jerusalem, Patr. Gr. 49, f. 39v)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events : Letters : Letter from Heaven on the Observance of Sunday
Pericopes 2 Maccabees 2,10-2,21
2 Maccabees 3,15-3,39
2 Maccabees 15,3-15,34
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