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The Reception Of Daniel 3 And 6 And The Maccabean Martyrdoms In Hebrews 11:33–38

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This chapter discusses the literary forms of the tales in Daniel 3 and 6 and martyrdoms in 2 Maccabees 6:18-7:42 and takes as point of departure for analysis that all these texts have been interpreted as martyrdoms by early Christians. The references to Daniel 3 and 6 as well as 2 Maccabees all occur in list of anonymous faithful prophetic figures in Hebrews 11:33-38. It offers a selective analysis of this passage. There are many studies of Hebrews 11 in commentaries, articles and monographs and many scholars have pointed out connections between Hebrews 11 and Daniel 3 and 6, 2 Maccabees 6:18-31-7:42 and 4 Maccabees. However, many of these references are imprecise and it often remains unclear whether they concern parallels, the use of common tradition or incorporation of elements from these earlier passages. The chapter discusses the distinctions between various types of literary interdependence and use of common tradition.

Keywords: Christians; Daniel; Hebrews; Maccabean Martyrdoms; prophetic figures



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