2 Maccabees 3:26


24 But when he arrived at the treasury with his bodyguard, then and there the Sovereign of spirits and of all authority caused so great a manifestation that all who had been so bold as to accompany him were astounded by the power of God, and became faint with terror. 25 For there appeared to them a magnificently caparisoned horse, with a rider of frightening mien; it rushed furiously at Heliodorus and struck at him with its front hoofs. Its rider was seen to have armor and weapons of gold. 26 Two young men also appeared to him, remarkably strong, gloriously beautiful and splendidly dressed, who stood on either side of him and flogged him continuously, inflicting many blows on him. 27 When he suddenly fell to the ground and deep darkness came over him, his men took him up, put him on a stretcher, 28 and carried him away—this man who had just entered the aforesaid treasury with a great retinue and all his bodyguard but was now unable to help himself. They recognized clearly the sovereign power of God.

Luke 24:4

New Testament

1 Now on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood beside them in dazzling attire. 5 The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”

 Notes and References

"... It is strange and even anachronistic to argue that Jesus or his apostles endorsed any biblical canon. In what follows, I will use the terms “canonical” and “noncanonical” to identify literature that did and did not eventually find a place in the current Hebrew Bible or Protestant Old Testament, but I am fully aware that these are anachronistic designations later imposed on the ancient religious texts that informed early Christianity. Such designations admittedly are imposed back on the religious writings that had no such designations in the time of Jesus. I use them in what follows for the sake of identifying the literature that now comprises the church’s Bible and the literature that was not later accepted as canonical literature in the churches. ... The following examples show other parallels in word and thought ... (2 Maccabees 3:26 with Luke 24:4; Tobit 12:15 with Luke 1:19; Tobit 14:5 with Mark 1:15 and Luke 21:14; Sirach 9:8 with Matthew 5:28; Sirach 10:14 with Luke 1:52; Sirach 11:19 with Luke 12:19-20 ...) ..."

McDonald, Lee Martin Before There Was a Bible: Authorities in Early Christianity (pp. 71-72) T&T Clark, 2022

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