4 Maccabees

An account of the Maccabean martyrs that shows the superiority of reason over emotion.

This book is a speech that begins by arguing that reason and not emotion must be the guiding force of human life. The author recounts in grim detail the suffering of the martyrs during the Maccabean conflict. The heroes include Eleazar the priest, a mother and her seven sons, each of whom suffered horrible tortures rather than disobey the commands of God. Because their actions were governed by reason rather than fear, they died in faith, and have now been exalted to heavenly glory in the presence of God.

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