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Hanukkah
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The eight-day Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights celebrating the reconsecration of the temple in Jerusalem (165 or 164 bc). Hanukkah is the only major Jewish festival that does not originate in the Hebrew Bible. It commemorates an event described outside the Bible, but outlined extensively in 1 and 2 Maccabees. Otherwise, Hanukkah is mentioned only once in the New Testament when the festival coincided with Jesus’ visit to Jerusalem (John 10:22). Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the month Kislev (Nov/Dec) and includes important rituals with lights, branches, and the Hallel—all of which are also part of the Festival of Tabernacles. For more information on the Maccabees and the events commemorated by Hanukkah, see these articles: Maccabean Revolt; Maccabees, First Book of the; Maccabees, Second Book of the.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hanukkah
Hanukkah The eight-day Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights celebrating the reconsecration of the temple in Jerusalem (165 or 164 bc). Hanukkah is the only major Jewish festival that does not originate in the Hebrew Bible. It commemorates an event described outside the Bible, but outlined extensively
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Feast of Lights
Feast of Lights. Alternate name for Hanukkah, one of Israel’s festivals celebrating the rededication of the temple in 164 bc.See Feasts and Festivals of Israel.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Feast of Lights
FEAST OF LIGHTS* Alternate name for Hanukkah, one of Israel’s festivals celebrating the rededication of the temple in 164 bc. See Feasts and Festivals of Israel.
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Hanukkah
Hanukkah(or Chanukah), Jewish festival. The triumph of the few over the many and the weak over the strong, and the faith in one miracle-making god is celebrated on the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.Jerusalem was ruled as part of the Seleucid Dynasty beginning in about 198 bc. One member of the dynasty
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Hanukkah
HANUKKAH An eight-day festival that commemorated the cleansing and rededication of the temple following the victories of Judas Maccabeus in 167/165 b.c. It is the only Jewish festival not specified in the Hebrew Bible. Hanukkah, also called the Feast of Dedication, begins on the 25th day of Kislev (December).
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition
3.2.1. Hanukkah (Heb. ḥănukkâ)
3.2.1. Hanukkah (Heb. ḥănukkâ). This is the feast of “dedication” (lxx: enkainismos, “consecration” or “dedication” [Num 7:10, 11, 84; 2 Chron 7:9]; enkainōsis, “consecration” or “dedication” [Num 7:88]; enkainia, “feast of consecration” [Neh 12:27]). Judas Maccabeus arranged for the derelict and profaned
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HANUKKAH
HANUKKAH hah´nuh-kuh [חֲנוּכָּהkhanukkah]. The Hebrew title for the Jewish celebration known as the Feast of Dedication. Commemorated for eight days beginning on the twenty-fifth of the month of CHISLEV (Nov–Dec), Hanukkah celebrates the victory of ancient Judeans over the oppressive and genocidal policies
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