Maccabees, The Third Book of the

Maccabees, The Third Book of the

A book that, despite its name, recounts the persecution of the Jews in the era prior to the Maccabees. It concerns attempts by Ptolemy IV Philopator (221–203 BCE) to persecute Jews throughout his realm. The book is included in the NRSV edition of the Apocrypha because it is considered canonical by Eastern Orthodox churches.

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