By David Arthur deSilva

This remark examines four Maccabees as a contribution to the continued reformulation of Jewish id and perform within the Greek-speaking Diaspora. It analyzes the Jewish author’s interplay with, and facility in, Greek rhetorical conventions, moral philosophy, and literary tradition, giving awareness additionally to his use and interpretation of texts and traditions from the Jewish Scriptures and different Hellenistic Jewish writings. The statement indicates the author’s skillful weaving jointly of a majority of these assets to create a textual content that translates the Torah-observant lifestyles because the fullest embodiment of the simplest Greek moral beliefs. a particular function is the exam of ways the adventure of analyzing four Maccabees in Codex Sinaiticus differs from the adventure of analyzing the eclectic textual content.

Show description

Read or Download 4 Maccabees: Introduction And Commentary on the Greek Text in Codex Sinaiticus (Septuagint Commentary Series,) PDF

Best criticism & interpretation books

Exile and Suffering. A Selection of Papers Read at the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Old Testament Society of South Africa OTWSA OTSSA Pretoria August 2007

On the 50th anniversary of the outdated testomony Society of South Africa a convention was once geared up at the subject Exile and anguish. This quantity encompasses a collection of the papers awarded. Focal questions are such issues as: What will we relatively find out about the Exile? To what measure did discomfort occur?

Paul and Pseudepigraphy

In Paul and Pseudepigraphy, a global workforce of students have interaction open questions within the research of the Apostle Paul and people records frequently deemed pseudepigraphal. This quantity addresses many conventional questions, together with these of strategy and the authenticity of numerous canonical Pauline letters, yet in addition they mirror a wish to imagine in new methods approximately continual questions surrounding pseudepigraphy.

Antithetic Structure in Biblical Hebrew Poetry

This learn of antithesis in biblical poetry arose out of the author’s prior paintings on merism in his 1977 doctoral dissertation. the current paintings seeks to target the phenomenon of antithesis in line with se, and to check its function in consultant examples of varied biblical genres: “epic,” “psalmic,” “prophetic,” and “didactic” literature.

Morphological and Syntactical Irregularities in the Book of Revelation: A Greek Hypothesis

Morphological and Syntactical Irregularities within the publication of Revelation via Laurențiu Florentin Moț is an method of the solecisms of Johannine Apocalypse from a Greek standpoint. The paintings goals at demonstrating that, in accord with moment Language Acquisition reviews, Semitic move in Revelation is very infrequent.

Extra info for 4 Maccabees: Introduction And Commentary on the Greek Text in Codex Sinaiticus (Septuagint Commentary Series,)

Sample text

In 4:9, the reader of Sinaiticus finds “old men” (γεραιῶv) instead of “priests” (ἱερέωv) joining the women and children in prayer. Not only is this a more emotionally-charged image, it also artfully intimates the contests for piety by an old man, a woman, and a group of children about to be narrated. The appearance of Αβρααμ υῖoς in 9:21 instead of Αβραμιαῖoς runs counter to the tendency in 4 Maccabees (see 9:21; 18:20, 23) to replace categories of genealogical descent with terms more suggestive of imitation of an archetype (Seim 2001:30).

24) And anger is an emotion of pleasure and pain experienced in common, if anyone considers how he or she falls into it. (25) There is even in pleasure, being the most varied of the passions, a malicious disposition, (26) namely, with regard to the things of the soul, arrogance, love of money, love of glory, love of strife, and envy, (27) but with reference to the body, indiscriminate eating, eating alone, and gluttony. (28) Therefore, just as pleasure and pain are two plants of the body and the soul, the offshoots of these plants are many, (29) in regard to each of which reason, the chief gardener, cleaning and pruning and binding and watering and irrigating in every manner, reclaims the forests of the inclinations and passions.

The text as Sinaiticus represents it would probably have challenged a greater percentage of the book’s readership. In 4:9, the reader of Sinaiticus finds “old men” (γεραιῶv) instead of “priests” (ἱερέωv) joining the women and children in prayer. Not only is this a more emotionally-charged image, it also artfully intimates the contests for piety by an old man, a woman, and a group of children about to be narrated. The appearance of Αβρααμ υῖoς in 9:21 instead of Αβραμιαῖoς runs counter to the tendency in 4 Maccabees (see 9:21; 18:20, 23) to replace categories of genealogical descent with terms more suggestive of imitation of an archetype (Seim 2001:30).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.92 of 5 – based on 40 votes