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

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  • Introduction and the Purpose for Writing ( 1:1–3:19 )

    • Outline of the Author's Intentions ( 1:1–12 )
    • Discourse on Reason ( 1:13–35 )
    • Reason and the Law ( 2:1–24 )
    • The Ability of Reason to Conquer Emotions ( 3:1–19 )
  • Narrative of the Martyrdoms ( 3:20–17:1 )

    • Punishment and Deliverance of Apollonius ( 3:20–4:14 )
    • Antiochus' Treatment of the Jews ( 4:15–26 )
    • Antiochus' Conversation with the Priest Eleazar ( 5:1–38 )
    • Eleazar's Steadfastness under Torture ( 6:1–35 )
    • Panegyric on Eleazar ( 7:1–23 )
    • Antiochus' Conversation with the Seven Brothers ( 8:1–9:9 )
    • The Torture of the Seven Brothers ( 9:10–12:19 )
    • Panegyric on the Seven Brothers ( 13:1–14:10 )
    • The Mother Unwaveringly Sacrifices Herself ( 14:11–17:1 )
  • The Martyrs as Examples ( 17:2–22 )

    • Panegyric on the Mother ( 17:2–6 )
    • The Importance of the Martyrs' Sacrifice ( 17:6–22 )
  • The Martyrs' Faith is at One with the Faith of their Forefathers ( 17:23–18:23 )

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