Fourth Maccabees and the Promotion of the Jewish Philosophy
Rhetoric, Intertexture, and Reception
- ISBN: 9781725270688
- Published By: Wipf and Stock
- Published: November 2020
Fourth Maccabees is a superbly crafted oration that presents a case for the Jewish way of life couched almost entirely in terms of Greek ethical ideals. Its author delights in the Torah, the Law of Moses, as the divinely given path to becoming our best selves now. In this collection of essays spanning two decades of study, David deSilva examines the formative training that produced such an author, the rhetorical crafting and effect of his work, the author's creative use of both Jewish and Greek literary resources, and the book's enduring message and legacy in the Christian church.