By Francis Borchardt
The importance of the ancestral norms for the Judean group depicted in 1Maccabees hasn't ever been completely analyzed. This e-book takes up the controversy in regards to the composition of 1Maccabees and contains it right into a dialogue of the Judean ancestral traditions that appear most vital to the Judean group it provides. This examine sheds mild at the complexity of critiques on Judean traditions through revealing the numerous voices in 1Maccabees.
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Once the strict division of the terminology used for the opponents of the law is in doubt, then also follows the close ties Renaud draws to rabbinical Judaism. A further problem with his nomistic thesis has to do with sourcing his argument. Though it may well be that rabbinical Judaism excludes foreigners from the law and considers them sinners de natura, Renaud provides no examples of this in his text, and more importantly, no proof of similar terminology being used in the Mishnah, Tosefta, or Talmuds.
D. Williams, Structure, 3. , 6 – 7. , 8. ¹⁸⁶ He first sets out to establish the divisions of the text independently of structural considerations. Then he looks for all repetitions, discarding those that are insignificant. Thirdly, he estimates the likely importance of what remains, emphasizing the repetition of phrases and rare words. Finally, he explains the purpose of the perceived structure as best he can with the available evidence. ¹⁸⁷ What he means by this is that he is interested in how larger segments of the book are connected to each other, rather than how individual words or phrases relate.
It is in these ways that Renaud’s otherwise strong study falls short of definitively solving the description of the law in 1 Maccabees. A third study, treating the place of the law in 1 Maccabees, at least in part, is that of Diego Arenhoevel, entitled Die Theokratie nach dem 1. und 2. Makkabäerbuch. -M. Abel, Les Livres, 70, so the argument is not his to criticize. It would be helpful, however, to present other viable interpretations. This is not to say that this term or an argument drawing a relationship to it would be unproblematic.