Judah the Maccabee, Judah the Mace-Man

A modest suggestion for a new way of thinking about the original meaning of the word “Maccabee.”

From The Triumph of Judas Maccabeus by Peter Paul Rubens, 1635.

From The Triumph of Judas Maccabeus by Peter Paul Rubens, 1635.

Observation
Dec. 6 2017
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