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[mat-uh-thahy-uh s]
  1. 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.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 2


  • And Mattathias and his friends knew it, and they mourned over them exceedingly.

    The Bible Story

    Rev. Newton Marshall Hall

  • In those days rose up Mattathias the priest, who dwelt at Modin.

    Heroes of Israel

    Theodore Gerald Soares

  • What did they demand of Mattathias, and what did they promise him?

    Heroes of Israel

    Theodore Gerald Soares

  • In those days arose Mattathias, a priest of the sons of Joarib.