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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Mac•ca•beesˈmæk əˌbiz(n.)

  1. (used with a plural v.) a priestly Jewish family who ruled Judea in the 1st and 2nd centuries b.c. , esp. Judas Maccabaeus and his brothers, who defeated the Syrians in 165? and rededicated the Temple.

    Category: Ancient History, Judaism

  2. (used with a sing. v.) either of two books of the Apocrypha, I Maccabees or II Maccabees, that contain the history of the Maccabees.

    Category: Judaism

Wiktionary

  1. Maccabees(ProperNoun)

    A book of the Old Testament Apocrypha.

  2. Maccabees(ProperNoun)

    A Jewish liberation movement who fought for, and established, independence in the Land of Israel during the second and first centuries BC.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maccabees

    the name given later times to the Asmonaeans, a family of Jewish patriots, who headed a religious revolt in the reign of Antiochus IV., 168-161 B. C., which led to a period of freedom for Israel

  2. Maccabees

    the name of two ancient historical books, which give accounts of Jewish affairs in or about the time of the Maccabean princes, and which are received as canonical books in the Roman Catholic Church, but are included in the Apocrypha by Protestants. Also applied to three books, two of which are found in some MSS. of the Septuagint

Freebase

  1. Maccabees

    The Maccabees also spelled Machabees were a Jewish rebel army that took control of Judea, 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 the Land of Israel, by conquest, which included instances of forced conversion, reducing the influence of Hellenism and Hellenistic Judaism.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Maccabees

    a body of Jewish patriots, followers of Judas Maccabæus, who in 2nd century B.C. and in the interest of the Jewish faith withstood the oppression of Syria and held their own for a goodly number of years against not only the foreign yoke that oppressed them, but against the Hellenising corruption of their faith at home.

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