Maccabees

Archaeologists are reviving a 145-year-old hypothesis.

Robin Ngo
Oct. 1 2015 12:01AM

When Jews returned from exile, they brought the Babylonian calendar with them.

Sacha Stern
July 7 2015 12:01AM

Hanukkah may be one of the best-known Jewish holidays, but its status is anomalous if not marginal. The two books of Maccabees were excluded from. . .

Hayyim Angel
Dec. 17 2014 12:01AM

In the 2nd century BCE, after centuries of living in a province of one or another empire, Jews won themselves a powerful independent kingdom. In. . .

Philip Jenkins
Nov. 18 2014 12:01AM

Could the remains of the last Hasmonean king have been found under a private house in Jerusalem? (Registration required.)

Ariel David
April 30 2014 12:01AM

Have excavations near the modern Israeli city of Modi’in exposed the hometown of the heroes of Hannukah?

Robin Ngo
March 25 2014 12:01AM

The history of Hanukkah in America reaffirms the truth that Jews have been reinventing their youngest holiday since its inception.

Rachel Gordan
March 13 2014 12:01AM

In changing the holiday emphasis from the Maccabees’ successful uprising to the miracle of the oil, were the rabbis dissociating themselves from the later,. . .

Malka Z. Simkovich
Dec. 2 2013 12:00AM

Twice during the American Revolutionary War, Jews combined stories of the Maccabees’ defeat of the Greeks with thanks for their nascent country’s victories against the British.

Eric Schulmiller
Nov. 27 2013 12:00AM

Several ancient historians attest that, long before destroying Judea, Rome allied with the Maccabees against the Seleucids. Archeological research supports the claim.

Hana Levi Julian
July 31 2013 12:00AM