Jesus was not the first person to conenct his suffering and death soteriologically. I hear use soteriology in a broad sense. It has more to do with the restoration of Israel than ‘goign to heaven when you die)
Unlike the Maccabean Martyrs, Taxos (Testament of Moses) does not violently oppose the oppressors but believes that his death, which is caused by Torah allegiance, will be avenged by God.
As McKnight comments (Jesus and His daeth page 182), ‘When faced with the threat of death, instead of violent zeal Taxos proposes peaceful, non-violent allegiance to the Torah, an act that he is assured will trigger the favour of the avenging God.’
91 Then in that day there shall be a man of the tribe of Levi, whose name shall be Taxo, who having seven sons shall speak to them exhorting (them): 2 ‘Observe, my sons, behold a second ruthless (and) unclean visitation has come upon the people, and a punishment merciless and far exceeding the first. 3 For what nation or what region or what people of those who are impious towards the Lord, who have done many abominations, have suffered as great calamities as have befallen us? 4 Now, therefore, my sons, hear me: for observe and know that neither did the fathers nor their forefathers tempt God, so as to transgress His commands. 5 And ye know that this is our strength, and thus we will do. 6 Let us fast for the space of three days and on the fourth let us go into a cave which is in the field, and let us die rather than transgress the commands of the Lord of Lords, the God of our fathers. 7 For if we do this and die, our blood shall be avenged before the Lord.