REL 253: Study Guide 5

1 Macc 1–2

The situation described in 1 Macc 1–2 reflects the background of the Jewish experience (2nd cent. BC) that paves the way to the period of the New Testament.

What kinds of experiences did the Jews suffer, esp. under Antiochus IV Epiphanes (the king in the 1 Macc text)? What kinds of sentiments or resolve do you think many Jews had from such experiences?

What would many Jews strive for, pray for, hope for, work toward, etc. in the light of such experiences?