2 Maccabees 9:8


5 But the all-seeing Lord, the God of Israel, struck him with an incurable and invisible blow. As soon as he stopped speaking he was seized with a pain in his bowels, for which there was no relief, and with sharp internal tortures— 6 and that very justly, for he had tortured the bowels of others with many and strange inflictions. 7 Yet he did not in any way stop his insolence, but was even more filled with arrogance, breathing fire in his rage against the Jews, and giving orders to drive even faster. And so it came about that he fell out of his chariot as it was rushing along, and the fall was so hard as to torture every limb of his body. 8 Thus he who only a little while before had thought in his superhuman arrogance that he could command the waves of the sea, and had imagined that he could weigh the high mountains in a balance, was brought down to earth and carried in a litter, making the power of God manifest to all. 9 And so the ungodly man's body swarmed with worms, and while he was still living in anguish and pain, his flesh rotted away, and because of the stench the whole army felt revulsion at his decay.

Matthew 8:27

New Testament

23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. 25 So they came and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!” 26 But he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was dead calm. 27 And the men were amazed and said, “What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!” 28 When he came to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were extremely violent, so that no one was able to pass by that way.

 Notes and References

"... The significance and efficacy the motif of Yahweh commanding the sea and walking on the sea becomes more apparent when we analyze how 2 Maccabees uses this motif to attack the legitimacy of Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Though 2 Maccabees predates the gospels, it is more fruitful to discuss how the motif is used therein after discussing the gospel use. The legitimating function of the motif in the gospels and the delegitimating function of the motif in 2 Maccabees play upon the same notions of Yahweh’s authority over sea. Second Maccabees inverts the legitimating function in order to criticize Antiochus IV Epiphanes. This inversion and the delegitimating function become more apparent when contrasted with the gospel's examples. Antiochus IV Epiphanes is portrayed wielding illegitimate power when he is accused of imagining that he possesses authority over the sea ..."

Ballentine, Debra Scoggins The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition (pp. 180-181) Oxford University Press, 2015

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