Context: Hanukkah Part IV, Maccabees Genesis 1. - Intelligence l Lessons of Dr. David 5 months ago   11:57

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Times of Israel blog: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/its-all-greek-to-me-the-complicated-story-of-hanukkah/

Anitochus the IV will not give up on his dream of conquering the Ptolemaic Empire of Egypt. After another attempt, he is thwarted by a growing power in the region – the Romans.

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Surfxeo
Interestingly there is a throw away passage in the New Testament (John 10:22) referencing the Hanukkah. It was still being celebrated in Jerusalem, in the 1st century (second temple period).

At that time the Feast of Dedication (ἐγκαίνια) took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. ~ Jn 10:22–23

Ἐγένετο τότε τὰ ἐγκαίνια ἐν τοῖς Ἱεροσολύμοις, χειμὼν ἦν, καὶ περιεπάτει ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ ἐν τῇ στοᾷ τοῦ Σολομῶνος. 


BDAG - Greek Lexicon
ἐγκαίνια , ίων, τά (s. ἐγκανίζω; B-D-F §141, 3; 2 Esdr 6:16f; 22:27; Da 3:2 Theod.; Philo, Congr. Erud. Gr. 114; lit. ‘renewal’) festival of rededication J 10:22, known also as Hanukkah and the Feast of Lights, beg. the 25th of Chislev (roughly=November-December) to commemorate the purification and rededication of the temple by Judas Maccabaeus on that date in 165 B.C.. Cp. 1 Macc 4:36–39 (vs. 56 ὁ ἐγκαινισμὸς τ. θυσιαστηρίου; vss. 36, 54; 5:1 ἐγκαινίζειν). 2 Macc 10:1–8; Jos., Ant. 12, 316ff; Schürer I 163; w. lit.; TSchärf, D. gottesdienstl. Jahr d. Juden 1902, 92–96; Billerb. II 539–41; BHHW III 1951.—DELG s.v. καινός. TW.

Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. (2000). A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature (3rd ed., p. 272). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
rollinglibs1012
Chanukah symbolizes Judaism's complete rejection of the profane influences of the world. It represents the commitment to use the sword in defense of the Jewish body and soul.  This is the Chanukah that leftists want to destroy. Any proud, self-respecting, knowledgeable Jew basks in this reality. Only one who has been contaminated by 2000+ years of exile chooses to deny this, distort it, or reject it.
saied49
thank you very much , very informative 
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Genesis 1. - Intelligence l Lessons of Dr. David Context: Hanukkah Part IV, Maccabees 5 months ago   09:28

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In part 2 of Genesis 1. Dr. Neiman discusses the gift and curse that is human intelligence. He relates the physiology of humans to the story of Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. This is the second segment in Genesis 1.

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