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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

The World-View of the Epitome.

The author of the epitome confronts Judaism with Hellenism, particularly emphasizing traditional Jewish values as opposed to innovations such as Jews being educated at Greek gymnasia. Yet the author also stresses that Jews can be good citizens and can interact well with their Greek neighbours. Theologically the epitome is Deuteronomistic in tone: as long as the Jews obey the Torah, God will protect them. Punishment always fits the crime. One particularly important part of the world-view that God rewards the righteous is the author's strong belief in individual bodily resurrection for the pious (2 Macc 7 ). God will give back to the martyrs all their bodily parts in a new creative act.

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