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The Untold End 2 Maccabees And Acts

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The books of 2 Maccabees and Acts have often been compared. Both are examples of dramatic historiography featuring miracles and heavenly epiphanies. Both works, 2 Macc and Acts, concentrate on a special part of history and on certain persons. Despite the central role of the respective heroes the purpose of both works is not a biography of Judas or Paul, but the main topic is connected to their respective mission: the re-dedication of the Temple and the re-conquest of the Holy City on the one hand, and the spread of the gospel to Rome on the other. The understanding of history in 2 Macc is closely bound up with prayer. Rome was both the goal and a new starting point for the Pauline mission.

Keywords: 2 Maccabees; epiphanies; Judas; Paul; Rome



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