1 Maccabees 1:11-15
11 At that time there appeared from among Israel a group of traitors who had no regard for the Law and who had a bad influence on many of our people. They said, “Let's make a covenant with the Gentiles, for refusing to associate with them has brought us nothing but trouble.”… 14 They built in Jerusalem a gymnasium like those of the Gentiles. 15 They had surgery performed to hide their circumcision, they abandoned the holy covenant, started associating with Gentiles, and did all sorts of other evil things.
1 Maccabees 1:41-43
Antiochus now issued a law that all nations in his empire should abandon their own customs and become one people. All the Gentiles and even many of the People followed his law. They adopted the official pagan religion, offered sacrifices to idols, and no longer observed the Shabbat.
2 Maccabees 4:10-17
10 Just as soon as Jason took over the office of High Priest, he made the people of Jerusalem change to the Greek way of life. 11 He began by cancelling the favors that John had secured for the Jews from previous Syrian kings. (John was the father of Eupolemus who later went to Rome to make an alliance and to establish ties of friendship.) Jason also got rid of our Jewish customs and introduced new customs that were contrary to our Torah.
12 With great enthusiasm he built a gymnasium near the Temple mount and led our finest young men to adopt the Greek custom of participating in athletic events and wearing the Greek hat. 13 Because of Jason’s wickedness, who was not really/legally the High Priest, the people were Hellenizing and adopting foreign ways so quickly and so seriously 14 that even the sons of the priests lost interest in the Temple services and the sacrifices. As soon as they could, they would rush off to take part in throwing the discus and wrestling which is forbidden by our Law.
15 They did not care about anything their ancestors had valued; they cared only about Greek honors. 16 And this turned out to be the source of all their troubles, for the very people whose ways they admired and whose customs they tried to imitate became their enemies and oppressed them. 17 It is a serious thing to disregard God's Law, as you will see from the following events.
Eupolemos says that Moses was the first wise man and that he gave the alphabet to the Jews first; then the Phoenicians received it from the Jews, and the Greeks received it from the Phoenicians. Also, Moses was the first to write down laws, and he did so for the Jews.
הוֹי מַשְׁקֵה רֵעֵהוּ מְסַפֵּחַ
חֲמָתְךָ וְאַף שַׁכֵּר לְמַעַן הַבִּט עַל מוֹעֲדֵיהֶם:
- פִּשְׁרוֹ עַל הַכּוֹהֵן הָרָשָׁע אֲשֶׁר
רָדַף אַחַר מוֹרֶה הַצֶּדֶק לְבַלְּעוֹ בְּכַעַס
חֲמָתוֹ אַבֵּית גָּלוּתוֹ וּבְקֵץ מוֹעֵד מְנוּחַת
יוֹם הַכִּפּוּרִים הוֹפִיעַ אֲלֵיהֶם לְבַלְּעָם
וְלַכְשִׁילָם בְּיוֹם צוֹם שַׁבַּת מְנוּחָתָם
Pesher Habakkuk col 11:2-8
2/…"Woe to one who causes his neighbors to drink; who pours out his anger 3/ to make them drunk, so that he may look at their festival celebrations!" (Hab 2:15)
4/ Interpreted, this concerns the Wicked Priest who
5/ pursued the Teacher of Righteousness with his anger
6/ and fury to the house of his exile that he might confuse him. And at the time appointed
7/ for rest, for the Day of Atonement, he appeared before them to confuse them, and to cause them
8/ to stumble on the Day of Fasting, their Sabbath of repose.
2 Baruch 10:6-19
Blessed is he who was not born, or he who was born and died
But we the living, woe to us, because we have seen those afflictions of Zion and that which has befallen Jerusalem....
You farmers, sow not again, and you, O earth, why do you give the fruit of your harvest Keep within you the sweetness of sustenance
And you, vine, why do you still give your wine? For an offering will not be given again from you in Zion, and the first fruits will not again be offered....
And you, bridegrooms, do not enter and do not let the brides adorn themselves,
And you wives, do not pray to bear children for the barren will rejoice more.
And those who have no children will be glad, and those who have children will be sad.
You, priests, take the keys of the sanctuary and cast them to the highest heaven, and give them to the Lord and say, "Guard Your house Yourself, because, behold, we have been found to be false stewards...."