Saturday, October 23, 2010

WHO WERE THE MACCABEES?

The Maccabees (Hebrew: מכבים‎ or מקבים, Makabim or Maqabim; Greek Μακκαβαῖοι, /makav'εï/) were a Jewish rebel army who took control of parts of the Land of Israel, which had been a client state of the Seleucid Empire. They founded the Hasmonean dynasty, which ruled from 164 BCE to 63 BCE, reasserting the Jewish religion, expanding the boundaries of Israel and reducing the influence of Hellenism.


Revolt of the Maccabees
Date 167–160 BCE
Location Judea
Result Jewish sovereignty
Territorial
changes
Expansion of Judea
Belligerents
Jews Seleucid Empire
Commanders and leaders
Mattathias
Judas Maccabeus   (K.I.A.)
Jonathan Apphus
Eleazar Avaran   (K.I.A.)
Simon Thassi
John Gaddi   (K.I.A.)


Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maccabees

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