Judaism Defined: Mattathias and the Destiny of His People
Scolnic, Benjamin Edidin
Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2010 pp. v + 246. $35.00
Studies in Judaism
Description: This book explores the story of Mattathias in 1Maccabees and asserts that Mattathias defined Judaism and Jewishness for his time. Mattathias's actions of zealous violence, as controversial as they were viewed to be in both his day and today, were primarily for the preservation of his religion and people.
Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, 1 Maccabees, Literature
Review by Daniel R. Schwartz
Citation: Daniel R. Schwartz, review of Benjamin Edidin Scolnic, Judaism Defined: Mattathias and the Destiny of His People, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).
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