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Mattathias, Father of the Maccabees
Mattathias, Father of the Maccabees (Ματταθίας, Mattathias). A priest who fathered five sons, including Judas Maccabeus (1 Macc 2:1–5). Instrumental in the Maccabean revolt, which is described in the books of the Maccabees.When the officers of Antiochus IV Epiphanes commanded Mattathias to sacrifice