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  1. Judas Maccabaeus: Jewish Leader (World Leaders Past and Present, Series I)
    Judas Maccabaeus: Jewish Leader (World Leaders Past and Present, Series I)
    Judas Maccabaeus: Jewish Leader (World Leaders Past and Present, Series I)
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  2. Judas Maccabaeus: Jewish Leader (World Leaders Past and Present, Series I)

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Presents a biography of the Jewish leader who led the revolt against the Seleucid Empire, taking Jerusalem in 164 B.C. and rededicating the Temple.

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I picked this little book up at Goodwill for 50 cents. I read Maccabees for the first time a couple years ago and like to remember Judah Maccabee every Hanukkah. Most evangelicals have never read Maccabees and don't understand its important connection to the context of the Gospel accounts of Jesus life, especially his attending the Feast of Dedication in John 10. Not knowing the history of Palestine just prior to Jesus is a bit like learning about America today without learning about 1776-- it certainly helps in understanding why things are set up the way they are. Many evangelicals reject Maccabees since they were not part of the Jewish canon without understanding that their exclusion had much to do with the later politics of the Hashmoneans. Most evangelicals believe in the authority of Scripture but don't realize that Maccabees describes what most believe to be the fulfillment of several prophecies in the temple, when an abomination inhabits the temple and desecrates it-- what... Read more
This book is part of a Chelsea House Young Adult (YA) series called "World Leaders Past & Present." All of the books contain the introductory essay, "On Leadership" by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. This essay alone is worth the price of the book and I wish all world leaders would read it.

1 and 2 Maccabees are held as canonical scripture by some Christian churches (including Catholic, Orthodox and Coptic churches), but not by most Protestant groups. In modern-day Judaism, the books are of great historical interest, but did not become part of Jewish holy writings. My own upbringing was Protestant, so I didn't learn about Judas Maccabeus until I became interested in Handel's oratorios, including the one about the valiant Jewish warrior who is also the subject of this book.

Judas Maccabeus, his father and brothers lived about a century after the conquest of Judea by the Greeks under Alexander the Great. After the great Macedonian's death, his empire was divided... Read more
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