2 Maccabees 7:23


22 "I do not know how you came into being in my womb. It was not I who gave you life and breath, nor I who set in order the elements within each of you. 23 Therefore the Creator of the world, who shaped the beginning of humankind and devised the origin of all things, will in his mercy give life and breath back to you again, since you now forget yourselves for the sake of his laws." 24 Antiochus felt that he was being treated with contempt, and he was suspicious of her reproachful tone. The youngest brother being still alive, Antiochus not only appealed to him in words, but promised with oaths that he would make him rich and enviable if he would turn from the ways of his ancestors, and that he would take him for his Friend and entrust him with public affairs. 25 Since the young man would not listen to him at all, the king called the mother to him and urged her to advise the youth to save himself. 26 After much urging on his part, she undertook to persuade her son. 27 But, leaning close to him, she spoke in their native language as follows, deriding the cruel tyrant: "My son, have pity on me. I carried you nine months in my womb, and nursed you for three years, and have reared you and brought you up to this point in your life, and have taken care of you. 28 I beg you, my child, to look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed. And in the same way the human race came into being. 29 Do not fear this butcher, but prove worthy of your brothers. Accept death, so that in God's mercy I may get you back again along with your brothers."

Hebrews 11:35

New Testament

33 Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight, 35 and women received back their dead raised to life. But others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain resurrection to a better life. 36 And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (the world was not worthy of them); they wandered in deserts and mountains and caves and openings in the earth. 39 And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised.

 Notes and References

"... Compared to 1 Maccabees “there is much evidence for Christian interest” in 2 Maccabees. This is mainly due to the text’s accounts about the violent death of several Jewish righteous like Eleazar (2 Maccabees 6:18–31) and the seven sons and their mother (2 Maccabees 7). Although we do not have explicit citations of 2 Maccabees in the New Testament, the evidence for the book’s use is quite clear. Gerbern Oegema, again, sees the use of key terms like (“way of life”) and (“Judaism”) in Galatians 1:13–14 as possibly influenced by concepts used in 2 Maccabees. The first quite clear allusions may be seen among the examples of belief in Israel’s history put together in Hebrews 11. It is mainly Hebrews 11:35–36 and 38 with both its descriptions of “women who received their dead by resurrection” (verse 35: possibly 2 Maccabees 7:29) and its overview of different tortures (verses 35b–36: possibly 2 Maccabees 6:19, 28; 7:7) plus, finally, the idea that some had to withdraw “to deserts, mountains, and caves” (verse 38: 2 Maccabees 10:6), where these possible allusions can be found ..."

Nicklas, Tobias "The Apocrypha in the History of Early Christianity" in Oegema, Gerbern S. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha (pp. 52-73) Oxford University Press, 2021

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