2 Maccabees is a sacred book of the Catholic Bible which focuses on the Jews' revolt against Antiochus IV Epiphanes and ends with the defeat of the Syrian general Nicanor in 161 BC by Judas Maccabeus, the hero of the work.
- Alexandria was a center of Jewish, and later Christian, scholarship.
- Harris, Stephen L., Understanding the Bible. Palo Alto: Mayfield. 1985.