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2 Maccabees

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The Douay-Rheims Bible was a translation of the Bible into English that was made available during the early 17th century in order to counter the rising popularity of Protestantism and uphold Catholic values. 2 Maccabees is one of the writings that are most commonly associated with the Douay-Rheims scripture, and is recognized by the Catholic and Ortodox religions as being canonical and part of the Holy Bible.The text itself is surrounded in mystery. The author was not identified, however, much of his writings in 2 Maccabees coincides with the historical facts recorded about the period between the reign of King Seleucus IV (180 BC) and the fall of Nicanor in 161.Written in an educated style, in Koine Greek, the text is believed to have been produced in Alexandria, although there are no definite documents or facts to prove that. It follows the story of the Maccabean revolt against Antiochus IV, while introducing Judas Maccabeus, Jewish priest and son of the priest Mattathias. In the story, as well as in Jewish tradition, Maccabeus is held as the hero who had restored Jewish worship to the temple of Jerusalem following the revolt, by removing the Hellenistic statuary that was in place.Far from being just a historical account of events, 2 Maccabees is also a key part of the scripture when it comes to demonstrating important theological doctrines and lessons. It includes a significant amount of material from Pharisaic tradition, such as the resurrection on Judgment Day and a prayer for the dead.For theologians and students of theology the text offers significant insight, as well as controversy, with regards to several key points of scriptural doctrine.

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