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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Where the Maccabee Priests tough, Torah savy, or intellectual girly boys push overs? Were they typical Priests?


"Those books appear to have no divine authorship."



Update 2:

"Typical priests - Actually this was their one mistake - they weren't from the priestly family"


7 Answers

  • Bobq
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    It is a shame that many Christians never get to read the Books of the Maccabees. The Books are among the few included in Catholic versions of the Old Testament that are not in Protestant versions. They provide an historic account of the last centuries before the birth of Jesus not found elsewhere.

    The falsely named "Prophetic" Book of Daniel can also be demystified page by page in I Maccabees.

    It doesn't seem like there were any girly boys in the Maccabees stories. They refused to submit to the Antiocene Empire and its ruthless ruler Antiocus IV. They were involved in a war with a vastly superior armed force and at one time became an independent Kingdom, very briefly, for the first time in 500 years.

    There are many places in these Books where the animosity between the Samaritans and Jews surface. Orthodox Judaism and its liberal sects conflict. Even underhanded High Priests are recorded for posterity. The diaspora is dealt with particularly well also, especially the large population in Egypt.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Maccabees were from the real priestly family you idiot- they were Kohanim. What they weren't from was from the family of David- which is why the entire family was killed out by Hashem after they declared themselves king over Israel as only decedents from the family of David can be King. You are not a Rabbi at all.

    Right from the passing of Moses, the leaders of Torah and Judaism: Joshua, King David, Rebbe Akiva, the Rambam, Rashi, Tosfot, the Rama, and finally the Ramchal- none were Kohanim.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    They obviously were tough... well, they certainly were brave and smart.

    Torah savvy - absolutely. Read the books of the Maccabees, and you'll see that they fasted (as the Torah commands) before each battle. Read Judah's prewar speeches - full of messages from G-d. And obviously the story in Modiin emphasizes that as well...

    Girly pushovers? They were intellectual, but I doubt they were pushovers... Well, Elazar - maybe. ;-) (see the story with the elephant).

    Typical priests - Actually this was their one mistake - they weren't from the priestly family, but they took upon themselves to act as priests when they reconquered the holy temple...

    Source(s): I'm a Rabbi
  • 1 decade ago

    the maccabees were tough and willing to fight evil.

    how is it that people who deny the maccabee books are willing to believe ch 11:35 ff in the book of hebrews, that story of the women is only found in maccabees

    martin luther rejected those books because they mention purgatory

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  • 1Up
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    They were well versed in the Torah, and they were willing to stand up for what they believed, cast the idols out of Jerusalem and face down their invaders!

    Sounds Torah savvy and manly to me!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Those books appear to have no divine authorship. So, it is easy to assume that those things may have never happened.

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