Published: Article on 1 Maccabees 2 and Hebrews 11

Earliest Christianity Within the Boundaries of JudaismI just received the digital offprint, available here. This was a germ of an idea in a paper I submitted for an independent research class with Dr. Barry Strauss in my senior year at Cornell way back in 1991. (Yes, I had multiple senior years.) This article is part of a Festschrift in honor of Bruce Chilton, Earliest Christianity Within the Boundaries of Judaism is published by Brill and available now. The book was edited by Alan J. Avery-Peck, Craig A. Evans, and Jacob Nuesner and I was honored to be a part of this honor to Bruce.

The thrust of my article is that Hebrews 11 has been influenced heavily by 1 Maccabees 2. I have previously shared the proposal and some other thoughts on Hebrews 11 as a “Midrash” of 1 Macc. 2 on Targuman.

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