Monday, March 06, 2017

An apostate in 3 Maccabees

READING ACTS: Apostasy in Third Maccabees.
By giving up ancestral practices which set him apart as a Jew, Dositheos has made himself a stranger and an outsider both to Israel and to God. His estrangement is demonstrated by preserving the life of Philopater, who will defile the Temple and outlaw ancestral traditions (3 Macc 3:2).
Past posts in Phil Long's series on the Second Temple Period are noted here and links.