2 Maccabees is an Apocryphal text written in the intertestamental period that focuses on the Jewish Maccabean revolt against Antiochus IV Epiphanes.

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How is 2 Maccabees 12:40-46 to be understood?

In 2 Maccabees 12:40-46, it says, And they found under the coats of the slain some of the donaries of the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbiddeth to the Jews: so that all plainly saw, that ...