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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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Soon, Mattathias grew sick, and leadership after his death passed to his son, the great Judas Maccabaeus, whom Mattathias had recommended, in the words of Josephus, as having "courage and strength" enough to "bring vengeance on your enemies.
13) in an ornate frame with cherubim at the top and figurines at the sides (and within the frame the names of both Mattathias and Abraham Bath Sheba) and Heshek Shelomo (1599-1600) by R.
Mattathias, who was very old, soon died, leaving his son, Judas, known as the Maccabee, or Hammer, as head of his troops.
Schwartz, Mattathias (2011) "Pre-Occupied: the origins and future of Occupy Wall Street", The New Yorker, 28 November, http://www.
Eshel identifies the latter with Jonathan ben Mattathias.
The best examples were the pre-1948 days when Zionist terror groups attacked both Palestinian and British targets; or in the 2nd century BC when the Jewish priest Mattathias and his five sons successfully led the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid-Hellenist rulers of the region, using guerrilla tactics that would be called terrorism today (the victory which founded the Hasmonean dynasty is celebrated annually by Jews around the world in the Hanukkah festival).
The 15 papers address such issues as whether the category of Deuterocanoncal Books has a Jewish origin, the role of scripture in the last words of Mattathias, and the use of flood imagery in 4 Maccabees in its ancient Jewish context.
A virtuous, as opposed to vicious, wrath is directed against a sinner out of zeal for justice and the good of the Church, as when Phineas slew the fornicators (Numbers 25:7-8) and Mattathias struck down the idolaters (1 Maccabees 2:44-47).
In the days of Mattathias ben Yohanan, the Hasmonaean High Priest, and his sons--when the wicked kingdom of Greece rose up against your people Israel to make them forget your Torah and violate your gracious laws--in your great mercy you stood by them in their hour of trouble.
The victory of the Maccabees and a priest named Mattathias led to the celebration of Chanukah.