1The members or followers of the family of the Jewish leader Judas Maccabaeus.
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- The second miracle, mentioned in our Chanukah prayers, was the miraculous defeat of the Greek army by the much smaller Jewish forces under the Maccabees.
- But it was also a civil war among Jews, because - as in the time of the Maccabees - the Jewish upper class, largely Hellenized, was identified with the sins of the Greeks.
- That's the promise the Maccabees made to the Jews of their time.
late Middle English: from Latin Maccabaeus, an epithet applied to Judas, perhaps from Hebrew maqqeḇeṯ 'hammer' (by association with the religious revolt led by Judas).
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- The book of Daniel, written at the height of the Maccabean revolt, dwells on the same themes of cultural and religious resistance to foreign invaders and their customs.
- Still, given the distinctiveness of each text and the likely Maccabean context of the Animal Apocalypse, a tentative proposal can be offered.
- Such an identification may indeed have had rhetorical effect if the Animal Apocalypse was written sometime during the Maccabean revolt.
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