THOUGHTS ON CHANUKKAH, THE APOCRYPHA, AND THE MACABEES

Shabbat Shalom Mishpochah!

Xian Bible schollers often speak of the time period between the Scrolls of Malachi and Mattityahu, as ‘The Silent Years,’ while discounting the writings relegated to the Apocrypha by the church; to the level of a Disney fairytale.

Now some of what we find recorded there may be dubious in origin, and its value as Scripture can only be determined as we determine the value of any other writings, that is by comparison to the Tanakh, and specifically to Torah. Caution must be used as to just how seriously we take what is written there, and I am concerned about the many believers I see offering these works as a basis for their particular beliefs or to establish a point from which to debate.

However, when we find accounts that are confirmed by history, and Biblical Archeology, coupled with a style of writing as found in the Tanakh, we should take note, and consider the words to be of at least the same value as those of the Ketuvim Netzarim (K.N. [Writings of The Nazareans] /N.T.). One of these would be the scroll called Macabees.

Within this scroll, we find accounts of great courage and heroism shown in the face of cruel oppression, capped off with inspiring faith unto the death if necessary; in the promise and hope of deliverance and salvation through the ‘El’ of Yisra’el.

This Chanukkah season is a good time for a little additional reading, and I would suggest a read of Macabees to better understand the times just prior to the appearance of Y’shua, as Mashiyach of Yisra’el. Historically this was an event still fresh in the minds of the people of Yisra’el, and attitudes toward anything Greek, even the Septuigent (its writings were considered heretical by the Jews of Judea), will be better understood. Those alive at the time of Y’shua would have had relatives with direct first-hand knowledge and experience of the Greek occupation. Another ‘nail in the coffin’ for Greek primacy of the K.N.!

Take note while your reading, of the prayers offered up prior to going to battle with the enemy and how familiar they sound when compared to the prayers of Moshe, Aaron, Yehoshua, and other great spiritual leaders of Yisra’el. I pray that you would be inspired by them, as I have been!

Chag Chanukkah Sameach!

Sha’ul

4 thoughts on “THOUGHTS ON CHANUKKAH, THE APOCRYPHA, AND THE MACABEES

  1. Do you keep CHanukkah? And why ? Its a manmade tradition that is NOT in Torah as such a CHAG. There are only 3 CHAGS that we are commanded to go to the Temple (when it was) . the others are Moedim but NOT Chags. The word Hanukkah means dedication. The ONLY feast of dedication IS the feast of Sukkot..The times of Maccabees was when this “dedication (cleansing to reestablish the Temple sacrifices etc.) was done OFF SEASON in the dead of winter. The myth of the oil lasting 8 days form a one day supply was Promulgated by the ones that developed the Talmud 200 years A.D.

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    • I celebrate many Jewish civil holidays (notice holidays, not Holy Days) that I do not add to or take away from Torah. The celebration of Freedom From the Oppressor is a common theme throughout Tanakh and is not forbidden by Torah. If I observed it because I was told that YHVH commanded it and if I didn’t I’d be breaking His Torah Mitzvot, that would be a problem. Thanks for your question, sorry for the inexcusable delay!

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  2. Afternoon Brother,

    Wow this is amazing – just a few days ago I started reading my Apocrypha; I learned some incredible things about Daniel that I hadn’t known; I haven’t read Maccabees yet but I’m going to today after I finish Wisdom of Solomon. Hammer on satanists, pagans and zeus / nimrod worshipers!

    Thank you for this email, because I deleted my Facebook account.

    Shabbat Shalom and Blessings. With respect,

    Benjamin ________________________________

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