Start Date

20-4-2017 10:30 AM

End Date

20-4-2017 11:45 AM

Subjects

Maccabees -- History, Maccabees -- Influence of Hellenism on, Maccabees -- Style -- Analysis

Description

The Jewish people living within Hellenistic Greece experienced great freedoms, and many assimilated into the non-Jewish societies around them. Yet, under the Seleucid King Antiochus IV in the 2nd century BCE, the Jewish people experienced oppression and persecution, which has been chronicled in the books 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees. At a glance, these books appear opposed to the blending of Hellenistic culture and society into surrounding Jewish communities, but a deeper analysis of both texts reveals that the authors depended on Hellenistic constructs to effectively tell their story. This paper explores the degree to which the authors of 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees were influenced by Hellenism, specifically focusing on how they incorporated Hellenistic styles of literature and language into their works.

Description

2nd place winner of the Karen E. Hoppes Young Historians Award for Outstanding Research and Writing.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/19791

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Apr 20th, 10:30 AM Apr 20th, 11:45 AM

The Influence of Hellenism on the Literary Style of 1 and 2 Maccabees

The Jewish people living within Hellenistic Greece experienced great freedoms, and many assimilated into the non-Jewish societies around them. Yet, under the Seleucid King Antiochus IV in the 2nd century BCE, the Jewish people experienced oppression and persecution, which has been chronicled in the books 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees. At a glance, these books appear opposed to the blending of Hellenistic culture and society into surrounding Jewish communities, but a deeper analysis of both texts reveals that the authors depended on Hellenistic constructs to effectively tell their story. This paper explores the degree to which the authors of 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees were influenced by Hellenism, specifically focusing on how they incorporated Hellenistic styles of literature and language into their works.