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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Judas Maccabeus or to the Maccabees: the Maccabean princes; Maccabean times.


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  • First of all, all these names -- which are mostly "Maccabean," primarily demonstrating the popularity of the Maccabean family in Israel at the time and not what our intrepid 'archaeologists' seem to think they demonstrate -- found in the "Jesus Burial Cave" on the outskirts of Jerusalem (as many have now already said) were so widespread at the time that finding a family tomb with ossuaries inscribed with them proves nothing at all.

    Robert Eisenman: The Jesus Tomb: Primeval Stupidity

  • That’s why the Israeli Olympics are called the Maccabean Games.

    Swell Holiday

  • The author of 1 Maccabees portrayed the Maccabean revolt as a rising of pious Jews against the annihilation of their religion by the oppressive, Hellenizing Seleucid king and the Jews who supported him.

    Shawna Dolansky: The Truth(s) About Hanukkah

  • The first two Maccabees have different authors, and they each portray the events of the Maccabean revolt from different perspectives -- they each have a slightly different "truth."

    Shawna Dolansky: The Truth(s) About Hanukkah

  • I think I can divorce any religious significance from a tree and a wreath and stuffed antlers, the same way I don't really think about the violent Maccabean Revolt that led to the recpature of the Second Temple and the holiday of Chanukah.

    Wendy Litner: I'm a Jew Who Loves Christmas

  • He was "Jewish" in their eyes because his grandmother, the Maccabean Princess Mariamne was "Jewish," even though the marriage had been forced upon her and even though she and all her relatives were eventually killed by the ever blood-thirsty Herod who had 10 wives, most of whom were non-Jewish.

    Robert Eisenman: Abrahamic Conversion

  • But his descendants by his Maccabean wife were the line most recognized and favored by the People -- again, for obvious reasons.

    Robert Eisenman: Abrahamic Conversion

  • But it was in the second generation of Maccabean Herodians where these things really came into play and, in particular in relation to Agrippa I above c.

    Robert Eisenman: Abrahamic Conversion

  • It starts to enter the tradition during the Maccabean or pre-Roman/Roman/Herodian Period.

    Robert Eisenman: Abrahamic Conversion

  • But Herod had at least two "Jewish" wives, both called Mariamne or Miriam (the prototype of the later Marys) and both descendants of High Priests -- the first and favorite Maccabean, and the second of the High Priest of the Jewish Temple that had been established in Egypt at Leontopolis (see my "The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians" and "James the Brother of Jesus").

    Robert Eisenman: Abrahamic Conversion


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