Jason of Cyrene

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Jason of Cyrene (Greek: Ἰάσων ὁ Κυρηναῖος) was a Hellenistic Jew who lived around 100 BC and wrote a history of the times of the Maccabees down to the victory over Nicanor (175-161 BC). This work is said to have been in five books and formed the basis of the present 2 Maccabees.[1] See 2 Maccabees Wikisource-logo.svg 2:19-32.,[1] especially:

“And all such things as have been comprised in five books by Jason of Cyrene, we have attempted to abridge in one book.”

— 2 Maccabees 2:23

The original work is lost, and known only in the epitome made by the author of 2 Maccabees. The author of 2 Maccabees has confessedly exercised much freedom. Not only was Jason's work abridged, but also added to, and probably altered.[2]


  1. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Jason of Cyrene". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Jason of Cyrene" . New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

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