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Channukah and the Maccabees

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  • James Trimm
    In Yochanan (Jn.) 10:22 we read that Yeshua was at the Temple at the feast of the dedication , this is the feast known as Channukah. Channukah is the Jewish
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 6, 2005
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      In Yochanan (Jn.) 10:22 we read that Yeshua was at the Temple at the

      "feast of the dedication", this is the feast known as Channukah.

      Channukah is the Jewish holiday which celebrates the rededication of
      the

      Temple after after it had been poluted by Antiochus Epiphanies.
      This

      festival celebrates the victory of the Jewish rebels known as the

      "Maccabees" over the Greco-Syrians who had outlawed Torah observance
      and

      were attempting to force all Jews to embrace Greek Paganism and
      Greek

      customs.

      The exploits of the Maccabees are to be found in the four Books of
      the

      Maccabees. The Books of the Maccabees did not make it into the
      Jewish

      canon. They were not preserved in the Masoretic text, but were
      included

      in an appendix to both the Aramaic Peshitta Tanak and the Greek

      Septuagint Tanak. First and Second Maccabees were also included in
      the

      Latin Vulgate and were canonized by Rome, but have not been accepted
      as

      canon by most protestant groups, though some of these still include
      the

      books of the Maccabees in an appendix called "apocrypha". In fact
      the

      original 1611 edition of the KJV included 1st and 2nd Maccabees in a

      seperate section labled "Apocrypha".

      What is truely fascinating is that the four books of the Maccabees
      are

      each written on each of the four levels of understanding. In
      Judaism

      there are four levels of understanding recognized in the Scriptures:

      The Pashat (the simple literal meaning)

      The Remez (the hinted, implied meaning)

      The Drash (the allagorical, homiletical meaning)

      The Sod (the hidden, secret, mystical meaning)

      The first letter from each of these Hebrew words spells the Hebrew
      word

      PRDS (PaRDeS) meaning "paradise".

      I have noted in the past that the four Gospels are written on each
      of

      these four levels:

      Mark gives the Pashat, the plain simple meaning.

      Luke gives the Remez, digging into the details Mark did not get into.

      Matthew gives the Drash, telling the story of Yeshua as a commentary
      to

      a number of passages from the Tanak.

      John gives the Sod, telling the mystical account of Yeshua as the

      incarnate light and the incarnate "word".

      Now the same is true of the Books of the Maccabees:

      1st Maccabees gives the plain simple account.

      2nd Maccabees digs into the details.

      3rd Maccabees tells a related story of another persecution under

      Ptolomey to illustrate the same point.

      4th Maccabees is a treaty making the case that the Torah is divine

      reason, and as such is supreme.

      I have just completed a new version of the four Books of the
      Maccabees,

      translated out of the Aramaic and Greek. This is (as far as I know)
      the

      first Messianic Channukah edition of the Books of the Maccabees.

      This edition has over 100 footnotes, an informative introduction, a

      chronlogical harmony of the Books and a special section on Channukah

      celebration.

      In this volume you will learn why the account in the Books of the

      Maccabees foretells of future events in the last days. You will
      learn

      why the Books of the Maccabees help us better understand portions of
      the

      New Testament as well.

      This new Messianic Channukah edition of all four books of the
      Maccabees

      has just been published by Had Pasot Beit David.

      The Books of The Maccabees
      $35.95
      by James Scott Trimm

      Product number: 33306025

      You may order your copy on the web at:
      http://www.cafepress.com/hadpasot_bd/795907

      or you can call your order in at:
      877-809-1659
    • James Trimm
      In Yochanan (Jn.) 10:22 we read that Yeshua was at the Temple at the feast of the dedication , this is the feast known as Channukah. Channukah is the Jewish
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 25, 2006
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        In Yochanan (Jn.) 10:22 we read that Yeshua was at the Temple at the
        "feast of the dedication", this is the feast known as Channukah.
        Channukah is the Jewish holiday which celebrates the rededication of
        the Temple after after it had been poluted by Antiochus Epiphanies.
        This festival celebrates the victory of the Jewish rebels known as the
        "Maccabees" over the Greco-Syrians who had outlawed Torah observance
        and were attempting to force all Jews to embrace Greek Paganism and
        Greek customs.

        The exploits of the Maccabees are to be found in the four Books of
        the Maccabees. The Books of the Maccabees did not make it into the
        Jewish canon. They were not preserved in the Masoretic text, but were
        included in an appendix to both the Aramaic Peshitta Tanak and the Greek
        Septuagint Tanak. First and Second Maccabees were also included in
        the Latin Vulgate and were canonized by Rome, but have not been accepted
        as canon by most protestant groups, though some of these still include
        the books of the Maccabees in an appendix called "apocrypha". In fact
        the original 1611 edition of the KJV included 1st and 2nd Maccabees in a
        seperate section labled "Apocrypha".

        What is truely fascinating is that the four books of the Maccabees
        are each written on each of the four levels of understanding. In
        Judaism there are four levels of understanding recognized in the
        Scriptures:

        The Pashat (the simple literal meaning)

        The Remez (the hinted, implied meaning)

        The Drash (the allagorical, homiletical meaning)

        The Sod (the hidden, secret, mystical meaning)

        The first letter from each of these Hebrew words spells the Hebrew
        word

        PRDS (PaRDeS) meaning "paradise".

        I have noted in the past that the four Gospels are written on each
        of these four levels:

        Mark gives the Pashat, the plain simple meaning.

        Luke gives the Remez, digging into the details Mark did not get into.

        Matthew gives the Drash, telling the story of Yeshua as a commentary
        to a number of passages from the Tanak.

        John gives the Sod, telling the mystical account of Yeshua as the
        incarnate light and the incarnate "word".

        Now the same is true of the Books of the Maccabees:

        1st Maccabees gives the plain simple account.

        2nd Maccabees digs into the details.

        3rd Maccabees tells a related story of another persecution under
        Ptolomey to illustrate the same point.

        4th Maccabees is a treaty making the case that the Torah is divine
        reason, and as such is supreme.

        There is now a new version of the four Books of the Maccabees,
        translated out of the Aramaic and Greek. This is (as far as I know)
        the first Messianic Channukah edition of the Books of the Maccabees.

        This edition has over 100 footnotes, an informative introduction, a
        chronlogical harmony of the Books and a special section on Channukah
        celebration.

        In this volume you will learn why the account in the Books of the
        Maccabees foretells of future events in the last days. You will
        learn why the Books of the Maccabees help us better understand portions of
        the New Testament as well.

        This new Messianic Channukah edition of all four books of the
        Maccabees has been published by Beit Netzarim Publishing.

        The Books of The Maccabees
        by James Scott Trimm
        http://www.netzarimpublishing.com
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