2 Maccabees 6:1-5 contains part of the fulfillment of (Daniel 12:11 NKJV): “And from the time that
the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand
two hundred and ninety days.” (See also 1 Maccabees 1:54). It was Mattathias and his friends who tore
down the pagan altars and any idols (1 Macc. 2:25,45)
“Restored to women their sons, raised people from the dead; while others died through tortures, not
hoping for deliverance, that they might have a better resurrection.” (Hebrews 11:35 Lamsa). This sounds a lot like what took place in 2 Maccabees chapter
God giving the wicked
over to be burned with worms eating their flesh is also spoken of in Judith and in the New Testament: “And He
shall give their flesh to the fire and to worms; and they shall burn in [their] wickedness
forever” (Judith 16:21 Peshitta / 16:17 NAB) [see also Isaiah 66:24; Mark 9:48].
Yeshua the son
of Sira (or Jesus Ben Sirach):
“He has put down (is overthrowing) the mighty from [their] seats
(thrones), and he has lifted up the meek.” (Lk. 1:52 Lamsa). Mary may be paraphrasing from the book
by Yeshua, the son of Sira.
of the proud the LORD has overthrown, and He has set the meek in their place.” (The son of Sira 10:17 or Ben Sirach
“For you provoked Him
who made you, the everlasting God, because you sacrificed to demons (devils) and not to God.” (2nd Letter of
Baruch 4:7 Peshitta / Baruch 4:7 NAB)
The Apostle Paul may have been referring to the above verse when he said: : “But what the pagans
sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils and not to God; and I would not have you in fellowship with devils.” (1 Cor. 10:20
The books of Judith, Tobit and 1st and 2nd
Maccabees appear to be originally written in Aramaic. The Book by Yeshua the son of Sira appears to have been originally written
in Hebrew. Most of the Hebrew text of this book has been preserved or recovered in several manuscripts, which I also have
a book containing them. For the book of Wisdom, I conjecture it was originally written in Hebrew, though no such text has
been found. I can’t say for certain what the original language was for the books of Baruch and the
Letter of Jeremiah. Parts of the canonical book of Jeremiah are in Aramaic, so it is probable that the Letter of Jeremiah
and the book by his scribe (i.e. Baruch) were originally written in Aramaic. It could be that the reason Aramaic text is found
in the books of Daniel, Ezra and Jeremiah is that God is telling the Jews that the new language that He will use for Scripture
will be Aramaic.
Note: The Aramaic canon has an additional
small book by Baruch, titled: “the First Letter of Baruch the Scribe.” Since it wasn’t received as
canonical by the Alexandrian Jews or any other canon that I am aware of, I view it as apocrypha for now.