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

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alternative spellings and versions: Judah, Judah Maccabee, Judas Maccabeus, Machabeus, Maccabaeus, יהודה המכבי, Yehudah HaMakabi, Judah the Hammer



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