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.