Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Biblical Literature, IV Maccabees

Another Jewish Hellenistic work combining history and philosophy is The Fourth Book of Maccabees. The theme of the book, reflecting the views of the Greek Stoics, is �whether the Inspired Reason is supreme ruler over the passions.� This thesis is demonstrated by the martyrdom of the elderly scribe Eleazar and the unnamed seven brothers and their mother, taken from

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