n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Doctrine or Judaism? The speeches in 2 Maccabees 7 and Acts 7 as vehicles for ideology




Events of martyrdom deeply affect the immediate audience as well as the readers of a written account. This effect is induced when the reader relates and sympathises with the martyr. It is therefore imaginable that these powerful voices may be used as emotional leverage for propagating a specific ideology. Sometimes it may even be used to suppress an existing ideology. Two such texts will be investigated: 2 Maccabees 7 and Acts 7. These two texts propagate two entirely different ideologies despite their similar departure in martyrdom. Both texts present the voice of the martyr; both choose martyrdom because of its rhetorical value, but one sacrifices doctrinal consistency for the sake of Judaism, and the other sacrifices Judaism for the sake of doctrinal consistency. This in turn has the effect of a movement from an exclusive ideology in 2 Maccabees 7, to an inclusive ideology in Acts 7.


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