Introduction
The First Book of the Maccabees describes events in Jewish history from the time of Antiochus Epiphanes (175 b.c.) to the rise of John Hyrcanus (134 b.c.).
The historical interest of the book centers in the Hasmonean, or Maccabean, family, and it supports the view that they are divinely chosen to save Israel. The book also has a strong religious theme: God is at work in history and will give victory as a reward to those who are faithful to him.
Outline of Contents
Persecution and the revolt of Mattathias (1.1—2.70)
The leadership of Judas Maccabeus (3.1—9.22)
The leadership of Jonathan (9.23—12.53)
The leadership of Simon (13.1—16.24)
1 Maccabees
This book describes events in Jewish history from the time of Antiochus Epiphanes (175 b.c.) to the rise of John Hyrcanus (134 b.c.). It tells of the Hasmonean, or Maccabean, family who were chosen by God to rescue Israel from its oppressive rulers. This book seeks to show that God, who had led and rescued Israel in former times of crisis, is just as active in their present day.
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