Judas Maccabee led the revolution against invaders leading to the miracle of the lights celebrated at Hanukkah. In 168, Judas with his father, a Kohen (priestly leader), and brothers (Jonathan, Simon, Eleazar, and Yohanan) led the revolt pushing out the Seleucid dynasty, a Greek family ruling Syria or the Seleucid Empire, who had conquered Israel and desecrated the Temple.
Died 160 BCE
alternative spellings and versions: Judah, Judah Maccabee, Judas Maccabeus, Machabeus, Maccabaeus, יהודה המכבי, Yehudah HaMakabi, Judah the Hammer
- Wikipedia's article on Maccabees
- The Maccabean Revolt: A synopsis of the Hanukkah story By Lesli Koppelman Ross on myjewishlearning
- The Maccabees from the jewishencyclopedia.com
- Judah Maccabee on the jewishvirtuallibrary.org
- Who Was Judah Maccabee Anyway? by Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf