1 Maccabees


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Noun1.1 Maccabees - an Apocryphal book describing the life of Judas Maccabaeus1 Maccabees - an Apocryphal book describing the life of Judas Maccabaeus
Apocrypha - 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status
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It covers much of the same history that 1 Maccabees does, but is more overtly religious in its rhetoric and its aims.
The account of the rededication of the temple in 1 Maccabees 4 describes a problem presented by the altar, which the Syrians had defiled with a "desolating sacrilege" (1 Macc 1:54): "They deliberated what to do about the altar of burnt offering, which had been profaned.
Luther, in addition to translating the Bible, also dropped some of the Old Testament books from his canon of scripture: Tobit, Judges, Wisdom, Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Baruch (including the Letter of Jeremiah), 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, and parts of Esther and Daniel.