4 Maccabees is included in several manuscripts of the LXX, including Vaticanus but was not included in the Vulgate. The book is therefore not a part of the Apocrypha although it is often included in introductions to the Apocrypha. It is also in manuscripts which contain the works of Josephus. This led Eusebius and Jerome to suggest Josephus was the author, but this has been universally rejected by modern scholarship.Phil Long is back from Turkey. Past posts in his series on the Second Temple Period are noted here and links.
Friday, March 24, 2017
READING ACTS: What is Fourth Maccabees?