Posts Categorized: Judah Maccabee

THE CHANUKAH STORY, PART 2: THE MACCABEES

Posted by & filed under Chanukah, Hanukah, interfaith, Jewish Holidays, Judah Maccabee, judaism, Maccabees, Menorah, What does the Bible say.

TweetShare In 167 BCE, in a small town near Jerusalem, a Greek official ordered an old Jewish priest named Mattathias to sacrifice a pig to the Greek gods. It would set a good example, the official said, and he promised Mattathias a handsome reward if he complied. The old priest defiantly refused, but while he…
Read More »

THE CHANUKAH STORY, PART 1: THE REIGN OF TERROR

Posted by & filed under Antiochus, Biblical History, Chanukah, Chanukah Story, Hanukkah, Judah Maccabee, Meaning of Religious Symbols, Menorah, Palestine, Temple in Jerusalem.

Tweet Share After the death of Alexander the Great, his three generals divvied up his Empire. The Greek city-states went to Antigonus. The northern region from Persia through Babylonia and Assyria was taken by Seleucis. The southern region, including Egypt and Palestine, was taken by Ptolemy. For 125 years, the Ptolemies (i.e., Ptolemy I, Ptolemy…
Read More »