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Feast of Dedication
Feast of the Dedication • Feast of the Renewing • Hanukkah
Dictionaries
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Dedication, Feast of
DEDICATION, FEAST OF. The festival of dedication, which is named Hanukkah in Hebrew, is the Jewish holiday which celebrates the reconsecration of the Jerusalem temple and its altar to the traditional service of the Lord in 165 or 164 b.c.e. It begins on the 25th day of the month Kislev (the 9th month
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Dedication, Feast of
Dedication, Feast of. Designation by the apostle John for the feast of lights, or Hanukkah (Jn 10:22). The feast lasts eight days and begins on the 25th day of Kislev (November to December).See Feasts and Festivals of Israel.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dedication, Feast of
Dedication, Feast of [Gk. tá enkaínia (Jn. 10:22)]. A feast (NEB “festival”) held by the Jews throughout Palestine for eight days, commencing on the 25th of Chislev (Nov.–Dec.), in commemoration of the cleansing of the temple and the dedication of the altar by Judas Maccabeus after their desecration
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Dedication, Feast of
DEDICATION*, FEAST OF Designation by the apostle John for the Feast of Lights, or Hanukkah (Jn 10:22). The feast lasts eight days and begins on the 25th day of Kislev (November to December). See Feasts and Festivals of Israel.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Dedication, Festival Of
Dedication, Festival of, also known as Hanukkah (hahn´uh-kuh), a Jewish festival celebrating the purification of the temple in the time of the Maccabean revolt. On the twenty-fifth of Chislev (Nov./Dec.), 167 bce, during the religious persecution of the Jews by the Seleucid ruler Antiochus Epiphanes,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Dedication, Feast of
DEDICATION, FEAST OF (Gk. ho enkainismos tou thysiastēriou, 1 Macc. 4:47–59; ta enkainia, Jn. 10:22, rendering Heb. anukkâ, from ḥānaḵ, ‘dedicate’). Held on 25 Kislew, and lasting 8 days, it originally celebrated the winter solstice, but later commemorated the cleansing of the Temple and altar
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Dedication, Feast Of
Dedication, Feast ofA celebration in remembrance of the restoration of the Jerusalem temple and the consecration of its new altar in 165 or 164 b.c.e. under Judas Maccabeus (1 Macc. 4:36–61). The Hebrew name for the festival is Hanukkah (ḥănukkâ), first attested in the 1st-century-c.e. megillat taʿanit.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dedication, Feast of
Dedication, Feast of (Gk. tá enkaínia “renewal”).† A Jewish festival commemorating the purification and reconstruction of the Jerusalem temple and the dedication of the new altar by Judas Maccabeus in 165/164 B.C., three years to the very day (25 Chislev [Nov.–Dec.]) after Antiochus IV Epiphanes
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Dedication, Feast Of
DEDICATION, FEAST OF (Hebrew Hanukkah) Also called the feast of Lights, a feast that celebrates the rededication of the Temple in 164 b.c. after it had been defiled by Antiochus IV Epiphanes (1 Macc 4:56). At its inception, the festival was observed for eight days during the winter months, starting with
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Dedication Feast of the
Dedication, Feast of the, the festival instituted to commemorate the purging of the temple and the rebuilding of the altar after Judas Maccabæus had driven out the Syrians, b.c. 164. 1 Macc. 4:52–59. It is named only once in the canonical Scriptures. John 10:22. It commenced on the 25th of Chisleu (early
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Dedication, Feast of the
Dedication, Feast of the(John 10:22, 42), i.e., the feast of the renewing. It was instituted B.C. 164 to commemorate the purging of the temple after its pollution by Antiochus Epiphanes (B.C. 167), and the rebuilding of the altar after the Syrian invaders had been driven out by Judas Maccabaeus. It
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Dedication, Feast of
Dedication, Feast OfDedication, Feast of, or Hanukkah (hahn« uh-kuh), a Jewish festival celebrating the purification of the Temple in the time of the Maccabean revolt. On the 25th of Kislev (December), 167 b.c., during the religious persecution of the Jews by the Seleucid Antiochus Epiphanes, the altar
Key passages
Jn 10:22

Then the feast of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter,

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