Bible (DRV) Apocrypha/Deuterocanon: 1 Maccabees

Read by Sam Stinson

(4.1 stars; 73 reviews)

1 Maccabees is an apocryphal/deuterocanonical book written by a Jewish author after the restoration of an independent Jewish kingdom, probably about 100 BC. It is included in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox canons. Protestants, Jews, and some others regard it as generally reliable historically, but not a part of Scripture. The setting of the book is about a century after the conquest of Judea by the Greeks under Alexander the Great, after Alexander's empire has been divided so that Judea was part of the Greek Seleucid Empire. It tells how the Greek ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes attempted to suppress the practice of basic Jewish religious law, resulting in a Jewish revolt against Seleucid rule. The book covers the whole of the revolt, from 175 to 134 BC, highlighting how the salvation of the Jewish people in this crisis came from God through Mattathias' family, particularly his sons, Judas Maccabeus, Jonathan Maccabaeus, and Simon Maccabaeus, and his grandson, John Hyrcanus. The doctrine expressed in the book reflects traditional Jewish teaching, without later doctrines found, for example, in 2 Maccabees. (Summary by Wikipedia, modified by Sam Stinson) (2 hr 15 min)


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(4 stars)

I appreciate the clear understandable reader taking the time to read this somewhat difficult and at times dry book. Thank you for your efforts in making it possible for us to listen to this lesser-known work. (anyone unhappy with the recording is welcome to make a second recording. There is no limit to the number of versions that can be made)

high quality recording

(5 stars)

the reader spoke very clearly and the audio quality was good

Not a bad reading for an amerature

(3 stars)

Wow, so many critics! This guy does a decent job for a non pro. In fact I've heard many way worse 'pros'.On rare occasion he gets a little overzealous and a phrase or two might be delivered a bit too theatrically. It's a reaction to fatigue of delivering some very dry historical text (this book is not one of the more interesting and well written Bible books). But overall it's a straight reading and his voice is not weird, no lisp or any oddity to his voice, well paced and phrased. Give the guy a break.

Poor version

(2 stars)

The verbal audio recorded reading of his book is not of any sort of sophisticated quality. It is almost comical at some points. It would be wotrh the time for a re-read by a serious reader who understands the nature of what he is reading. I hope they re-record it.

Excellently Read

(4.5 stars)

This is one of the best that I've listened to on this app. Great job! I'll look for more of your reads


(5 stars)

more people may read the Bible if this kinda stuff were there.. want dry at all to me. but then I love history

Reader isn’t serious

(2 stars)

The reader reads it like it’s a big joke. I wish he was more serious.

Great Listen for Hanukkah 🕎

(5 stars)

Concise and clear