It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Success with the Help of the Almighty, a reflection on 2 Maccabees 8:21-36

His words filled them with courage. With the Almighty as their ally, they defeated the armies attacking them, killing many, wounding most of the rest, collecting money and arms as spoils, eventually halting attack because it was the day before the sabbath.

After the sabbath, they gave the spoils to those who had been tortured and to widows, orphans, and elderly, sharing the rest.

Nicanor, the Syrian general, who had recruited an army promising them that they would take the Jews as slaves, now,  humiliated in defeat, fled in disguise

Compare this version with that in 1 Maccabees  4,

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