Shabbat Shalom Mishpochah!
Xian Bible schollers often speak of the time period between the Scrolls of Malachi and Mattityahu, as ‘The Silent Years,’ while discounting the writings relegated to the Apocrypha by the church; to the level of a Disney fairytale.
Now some of what we find recorded there may be dubious in origin, and its value as Scripture can only be determined as we determine the value of any other writings, that is by comparison to the Tanakh, and specifically to Torah. Caution must be used as to just how seriously we take what is written there, and I am concerned about the many believers I see offering these works as a basis for their particular beliefs or to establish a point from which to debate.
However, when we find accounts that are confirmed by history, and Biblical Archeology, coupled with a style of writing as found in the Tanakh, we should take note, and consider the words to be of at least the same value as those of the Ketuvim Netzarim (K.N. [Writings of The Nazareans] /N.T.). One of these would be the scroll called Macabees.
Within this scroll, we find accounts of great courage and heroism shown in the face of cruel oppression, capped off with inspiring faith unto the death if necessary; in the promise and hope of deliverance and salvation through the ‘El’ of Yisra’el.
This Chanukkah season is a good time for a little additional reading, and I would suggest a read of Macabees to better understand the times just prior to the appearance of Y’shua, as Mashiyach of Yisra’el. Historically this was an event still fresh in the minds of the people of Yisra’el, and attitudes toward anything Greek, even the Septuigent (its writings were considered heretical by the Jews of Judea), will be better understood. Those alive at the time of Y’shua would have had relatives with direct first-hand knowledge and experience of the Greek occupation. Another ‘nail in the coffin’ for Greek primacy of the K.N.!
Take note while your reading, of the prayers offered up prior to going to battle with the enemy and how familiar they sound when compared to the prayers of Moshe, Aaron, Yehoshua, and other great spiritual leaders of Yisra’el. I pray that you would be inspired by them, as I have been!
Chag Chanukkah Sameach!