2 Maccabees

Deuterocanonical book on the Maccabean Revolt

2 Maccabees is a book of the Catholic Bible which focuses on the Jews' revolt against Antiochus IV Epiphanes and ends with the defeat of the Syrian general Nicanor in 161 BC by Judas Maccabeus, the hero of the work.

2 Maccabees was written in Koine Greek, probably in Alexandria, Egpyt in 124 BC.[1][2] It gives a revised version of the historical events recounted in the first seven chapters of 1 Maccabees but mainly focuses on the theological implications of 1 Maccabees. Important things mentioned are prayer for the dead, martyrdom (meaning dying for a cause) and intercession of the dead (meaning dead people answering prayers).


  1. Alexandria was a center of Jewish, and later Christian, scholarship.
  2. Harris, Stephen L., Understanding the Bible. Palo Alto: Mayfield. 1985.