- died 167? b.c., Jewish priest in Judea (father of Judas Maccabaeus).
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It is now customary to apply it only to the sons and descendants of Mattathias.
And Mattathias and his friends knew it, and they mourned over them exceedingly.The Bible Story
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In those days rose up Mattathias the priest, who dwelt at Modin.
What did they demand of Mattathias, and what did they promise him?
In those days arose Mattathias, a priest of the sons of Joarib.