Mattathias


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Mattathias

(măt'əthī`əs) [Gr. variant of MattithiahMattithiah
, in the Bible. 1 Overseer in the temple. 2 Musician of David. 3 Assistant of Ezra.
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]. 1, 2 Two in Luke's genealogy. 3 Father of the MaccabeesMaccabees
or Machabees
, Jewish family of the 2d and 1st cent. B.C. that brought about a restoration of Jewish political and religious life. They are also called Hasmoneans or Asmoneans after their ancestor, Hashmon.
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. 4 Captain under Jonathan, the Maccabee. 5 Son of Simon, the Maccabee, murdered with his father. 6 Envoy from Nicanor to Judas Maccabeus.
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The victory of the Maccabees and a priest named Mattathias led to the celebration of Chanukah.
In this context Josephus begins narrating the revolt of Mattathias the Maccabee (12.
Meanwhile, in the village of Modein, 17 miles northwest of Jerusalem, there lived a priest by the name of Mattathias.
Mattathias and his sons refused to bow down and sacrifice to foreign gods.
Mattathias, his sons, their families, and many thousands of others fled into the mountains.
Louis Feldman, of Yeshiva University, in "Josephus' Portrayal of the Hasmoneans Compared with 1 Maccabees," offers a detailed study of the treatment of the Mattathias and his sons.
This tale is "The Cave of Mattathias," and was also collected orally in Israel, demonstrating the continued vitality of the oral tradition.
He answered: "I am Mattathias, father of the Maccabees.
Indeed, the message from Mattathias is that the messianic era is almost upon us, hinting that the Rabbi of Riminov can have an important role to play in this event.
The Maccabees detail the glorious exploits of Judas Maccabaeus, a Jewish guerrilla leader, descended from a well-known priest, Mattathias.