- (used with a plural verb) the members of the Hasmonean family of Jewish leaders and rulers comprising the sons of Mattathias and their descendants and reigning in Judea from 167? to 37 b.c., especially Judas Maccabaeus and his brothers, who defeated the Syrians under Antiochus IV in 165? and rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem.
- (used with a singular verb) either of two books of the Apocrypha, I Maccabees or II Maccabees, that contain the history of the Maccabees.
Examples from the Web for maccabees
Have a happy Hannukah, but please remember: don't let the Maccabees win.Don't Let the Maccabees Win
December 4, 2013
I promise you in the spirit of the Maccabees, we will not allow Iran to receive a military nuclear capability.Benjamin Netanyahu Meets Pope Francis In Rome
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2013
True, the Maccabees were defending the God of Torah and Law.Christmas For Love, Chanukah For Awe
December 7, 2012
I put my heart and soul into my screenplay about the Maccabees for deeply personal reasons.
He was asked to write the screenplay for a Mel Gibson film about the Maccabees.
Before the time of the Maccabees there was no canon of sacred books.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
We may also understand it as five angels, who were sent by God to the assistance of the Maccabees.The Phantom World
Mrs. Burns: I bring you the welcome of the 45,000 Ladies of the Maccabees.
It is called Gerusia, or Senate, in the second book of Maccabees.The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)
Walter M. Chandler
All this is strongly emphasised in the narrative of the Book of Maccabees.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Daniel
F. W. Farrar
- a Jewish family of patriots who freed Judaea from Seleucid oppression (168–142 bc)
- any of four books of Jewish history, including the last two of the Apocrypha
Word Origin and History for maccabees
late 14c., from Late Latin Maccabæus, surname given to Judas, third son of Mattathias the Hasmonean, leader of the religious revolt against Antiochus IV, 175-166 B.C.E. Usually connected with Hebrew maqqabh "hammer," but Klein thinks it an inexact transliteration of Hebrew matzbi "general, commander of an army." Related: Maccabean.