In 1 Maccabees 9 the narrative is transitioning from the death of Judas to the rise of Jonathan, his brother. Judas’ death left the people exposed to Bacchides’ rule, which is described as a time where according to v. 27, “…there was great distress in Israel, such as had not been since the time that prophets ceased to appear among them.”

Interesting line: the prophets ceased to appear among them [Israel]. What does this mean? Does it refer to those who might be seen as prophets during the exile or after the exile? None of the prophets labeled as post-exilic are mentioned (that I recall). In 1 Maccabees 2:60 Daniel is named, though not called a prophet, specifically.  Although Antiochus Epiphanes IV committed great sacrilege the author doesn’t seem to be referring to recent events, although those would have been very troubling times for Israel. So when does the author of 1 Maccabees considers the prophets to have stopped appearing? Prior to the exile? If so, what does this say of his view of people who came to be understood as prophets after the exile?

Any thoughts?

 

 

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