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.