1Maccabees - Bíblia Sagrada Ave-Maria (1957)
The name Maccabee, probably meaning "hammer," is actually applied in the Books of Maccabees to only one man, Judas, third son of the priest Mattathias and first leader of the revolt against the Seleucid kings who persecuted the Jews (1 Macc 2:4, 66; 2 Macc 8:5, 16; 10:1, 16). Traditionally the name has come to be applied to the brothers of Judas, his supporters, and even to other Jewish heroes of the period, such as the seven brothers (2 Macc 7). - The two Books of Maccabees, placed last in the Douai version of the Old Testament, contain independent accounts of events in part identical which accompanied the attempted suppression of Judaism in Palestine in the second century B.C. The vigorous reaction to this attempt established for a time the religious and political independence of the Jews. - 1 Maccabees was written about 100 B.C., in Hebrew, but the original has not come down to us. Instead, we have an early, pre-Christian, Greek translation full of Hebrew idioms. The author, probably a Palestinian Jew, is unknown. He was familiar with the traditions and sacred books of his people and had access to much reliable information on their recent history (from 175 to 134 B.C.). He may well have played some part in it himself in his youth. His purpose in writing is to record the salvation of Israel which God worked through the family of Mattathias (1 Macc 5:62)-especially through his three sons, Judas, Jonathan, and Simon, and his grandson, John Hyrcanus. Implicitly the writer compares their virtues and their exploits with those of the ancient heroes, the Judges, Samuel, and David. - There are seven poetic sections in the book which imitate the style of classical Hebrew poetry: four laments (1 Macc 1:25-28, 36-40; 2:8-13; 3:45), and three hymns of praise of "our fathers" (1 Macc 2:51-64), of Judas (1 Macc 3:3-9), and of Simon (1 Macc 14:4-15). The doctrine expressed in the book is the customary belief of Israel, without the new developments which appear in 2 Maccabees and Daniel. The people of Israel have been specially chosen by the one true God as his covenant-partner, and they alone are privileged to know him and worship him. He is their eternal benefactor and their unfailing source of help. The people, in turn, must be loyal to his exclusive worship and must observe exactly the precepts of the law he has given them. - There is no doctrine of individual immortality except in the survival of one's name and fame, nor does the book express any messianic expectation, though messianic images are applied historically to "the days of Simon" (2 Macc 14:4-17). In true deuteronomic tradition, the author insists on fidelity to the law as the expression of Israel's love for God. The contest which he describes is a struggle, not simply between Jew and Gentile, but between those who would uphold the law and those, Jews or Gentiles, who would destroy it. His severest condemnation goes, not to the Seleucid politicians, but to the lawless apostates among his own people, adversaries of Judas and his brothers, who are models of faith and loyalty. - 1 Maccabees has importance also for the New Testament. Salvation is paralleled with Jewish national aspirations (1 Macc 4:46-14:41), in contrast to the universal reign of God taught by Christ in the Gospel (Matthew 13:47-50; 22:1-14). Also, destruction of the wall of the temple separating Jew from Gentile is an act of desecration in 1 Macc 9:54 but in Eph 2:14, an act of redemption and unification of both through Christ. On the other hand, association, in 1 Macc 2:52, of Abraham's offering up of Isaac (Gen 22) with his justification by God (Genesis 15:6) is reflected in John 2:21, 22 just as the Scriptures are regarded as a source of consolation in 1 Macc 12:9 and in Romans 15:4. - The Books of Maccabees, though regarded by Jews and Protestants as apocryphal, i.e., not inspired Scripture, because not contained in the Palestinian Canon or list of books drawn up at the end of the first century A.D., have nevertheless always been accepted by the Catholic Church as inspired, on the basis of apostolic tradition. - 1 Maccabees is divided as follows: I. Introduction: Hellenism in Asia Minor (1 Macc 1:1-9) II. The Maccabean Revolt (1 Macc 1:10-2:70) III. Leadership of Judas Maccabeus (1 Macc 3:1-9:22) IV. Leadership of Jonathan (1 Macc 9:23-12:54) V. Simon, High Priest and Ethnarch (1 Macc 13:1-16:24) - (NAB)

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  • Headings

    I Livro dos Macabeus

    1 Alexandre Magno

    Antíoco IV Epífanes
    Costumes pagãos em Israel
    Antíoco ocupa Jerusalém
    Perseguição aos judeus fiéis

    2 Matatias e seus filhos
    Revolta de Matatias

    Repressão odiosa
    Organização da resistência
    Morte de Matatias

    3 Judas Macabeu
    Primeiras vitórias
    Preparativos de Antíoco
    Preparativos de Judas
    4 Judas vencedor de Emaús
    Judas vencedor em Betsur
    Entrada de Judas em Jerusalém

    Purificação e dedicação do templo

    5 Castigos dos vizinhos hostis
    Derrota de José e Azarias
    Outros triunfos de Judas
    6 Morte de Antíoco Epífanes

    Antíoco V Eupator
    Judas sitia a cidadela
    Expedição de Eupator
    Batalha de Betzacara
    Façanha de Eleazar
    Eupator conquista Betsur...
    ... e sitia Jerusalém
    Conclusão de um acordo
    7 Demétrio I Soter
    O sumo sacerdote Alcimo
    O general sírio Báquides
    O general sírio Nicanor
    Derrota e morte de Nicanor
    8 Aliança com os romanos
    9 Combate de Berzet e morte de Judas
    Jônatas sucede a Judas
    Morte de João, irmão de Judas
    Combate às margens do Jordão
    Morte de Alcimo
    Revés definitivo de Báquides
    10 Alexandre Bala. Jônatas torna-se seu partidário
    Núpcias de Alexandre
    Jônatas cumulado de honras
    Demétrio II Nicator
    Jônatas vence Apolônio
    11 Declínio e morte de Alexandre
    Acordo entre Demétrio e Jônatan
    Demétrio salvo pelos judeus
    Camanhas de Jônatas por Antíoco VI
    Sião recupera Betsur
    Vitória de Jônatas em Azor
    12 Renovação das alianças
    Vitórias contra Demétrio
    Grandes trabalhos públicos
    Jônatas prisioneiro
    13 Simão sucede a Jônatas
    Monumento fúnebre em Modin
    Tratado de paz com Demétrio
    Simão conquista Gazara
    A cidadela reconquistada
    14 Simão governa pacificamente
    Amizade com Roma e Esparta
    Estela de honra
    15 Antíoco VII, amigo de Simão
    Pacto com Roma
    Antíoco torna-se hostil
    O general sírio Cendebeu
    16 Derrota de Cendebeu
    Morte de Simão
    João Hircano

    Revised Standard Version (1966) - English
    Nova Vulgata - Latin
    Biblia del Pueblo di Dio (BPD) - Spanish
    Vulgata - Stuttgart 1969 - Latin
    La Sainte Bible (Crampon 1904) - French
    CEI (1974) - Italian
    EinheitsÜbersetzung der Heiligen Sc - German