The death of Eleazar (2 Macc 6:31-6:31)

“So in this way he died. He left in his death an example of nobility and a memorial of courage, not only to the young but to the great body of his nation.”

Thus Eleazar was a true Jewish martyr. He set an example of nobility and courage for all to see. For many Christians, he was one of the first martyrs before Christ. For the philosophers, he was a man like Socrates who died for his ideas or beliefs.