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The Greek Pentateuch And 4 Maccabees

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The author investigates how 4 Maccabees, in comparison to other more or less contemporaneous sources, contributes to the transmission of Greek Pentateuchal traditions and their interpretation history. He focusses on four passages that are cited in this first century C.E. work and that make significant use of the Greek Pentateuch in support of the author's contention that pious reason is the absolute master of passions. These illustrate the role that 4 Maccabees plays in the history of the transmission and interpretation of the Pentateuchal traditions to which it refers. It is evident that 4 Maccabees, like other Jewish literature of that period, is a witness to the process of adding details and layers of significance to well-known biblical traditions within the communities of faith who preserved and transmitted them.

Keywords: 4 Maccabees; Greek Pentateuch traditions; Jewish literature



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