Yet more from Daniel Kirk on atonement and martyrdom from Maccabees. Daniel begins:
The stories of the suffering Maccabees provide some interesting conceptual frameworks for making sense of how Jesus’ death might transform the standing of humanity before God.
But there’s another piece that is not so clear in these passages–an important dynamic in early Judaism that suffuses the NT.
For the entire post, see Suffering and Redemption | Storied Theology.