A celebrated Jewish family 170BC-37BC that defended the Jewish rights and customs.
Purified the temple in 164BC that had been built by Zerubbabel the governor of the Babylonian province of Judah.
Maccabee in Hebrew means: Hammer.
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah celebrates the re-dedication of the Temple following Judah Maccabee's victory over the Seleucids. The sanctuary oil that was supposed to last one day lasted eight days.
Maccabees a faithful Jewish family.