Sunday, December 16, 2007


I didn't know, (did you?) that Hanukkah is a celebration and remembrance of the brothers named Maccabees who held off an attack on the temple in Jerusalem for eight days and saved the temple back in the 2nd century BCE, whatever the E means. I didn't know that the Maccabees, the book in the Catholic bible was named after the last name of these brothers, and that the account of the revolt against the evil King at the time, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, is recorded there. Wow! I just learned this in a study of Daniel.

The brothers held off the attack for eight days and the oil in their candle, which normally lasted for only a day, burned miraculously during the eight days without burning out. That's why the Menorah! I'm still learning! Here is the Wikipedia account.


Uncle Ben said...

BCE is the new, secular way of saying Before Christ. It stands for Before the Common Era. Hence, AD is replaced by CE. Apparently some people thought that our calendar was to christocentric. Funny though, that they haven't changed the names of the months. March, for example, is named after Mars, the Roman god of war.

Gabrielle Eden said...

OK, thanks Ben. Scary. AD was one of the ways that we hadn't stopped living in a Christ centered world.

Bike Bubba said...

Not scary at all; it acknowledges Christ just as certainly as Anno Domini and Before Christ, at least among those who have learned history.

And the reality that most have NOT done so is the real scandal.

Nes Gadol Hayah Sham!

(something great happened here; the letters on the dreidel form the acronym for this phrase)

I'm a goy, but I can certainly celebrate the fact that the Maccabees fought like David to keep the Tanach (Old Testament) for us.

Gabrielle Eden said...

Thanks bubba - you're always so full of information! I was thinking that too. It still marks the beginning as when Christ entered the world. It's the Jews who have a calendar without that.