A reading from the second Book of Maccabees (2 Mac 12:43-46) Judas, the ruler of Israel, took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. The Old Testament starts with God's relationship with Israel, but goes on to illustrate his relationship with all of humanity. For example, Jonah was sent to Nineveh, which is the capital of Syria, a really nasty group of people who were the enemies of Israel.
Without in any way diminishing its famed clarity, judiciousness, and theological depth, two prominent scholars, Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington, have brought the book into the twenty-first century. What people are saying - Write a review This is a short course to help people begin to read and understand the Old Testament.