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Freiburg i. Br. u. a.: Verlag Herder 2015. 328 S. = Herders Theologischer Kommentar zum Alten Testament. Geb. EUR 70,00. ISBN 978-3-451-26822-9.
The 1 Book of Maccabees relates within 16 chapters the history of the successful Maccabean upheaval against the Seleucids. The book was probably written in Hebrew but preserved in a kind of popular dialect of koine Greek; it was composed shortly after 135 BCE, namely not too long after the historical events it relates took place. It is a complex composition that was relatively neglected by scholars; not too many worthy commentaries have been written on the book so far. Thus we welcome Michael Tilly first and foremost for providing a much needed new commentary in German, and for his careful and clear text suited for a broader audience, students as well as scholars. One has to admire T. who managed to work under the »restrictions« dictated by the publisher who aims in this series ...
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