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Mac′ca·be′an adj.
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1. (Biography) a Jewish family of patriots who freed Judaea from Seleucid oppression (168–142 bc)
2. (Bible) any of four books of Jewish history, including the last two of the Apocrypha
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(ˈmæk əˌbiz)

1. (used with a plural v.) a priestly Jewish family who ruled Judea in the 1st and 2nd centuries b.c., esp. Judas Maccabaeus and his brothers, who defeated the Syrians in 165? and rededicated the Temple.
2. (used with a sing. v.) either of two books of the Apocrypha, I Maccabees or II Maccabees, that contain the history of the Maccabees.
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It is a wholesome thought to pray for the dead, says the Book of Macabees (100 B.C.).
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Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, an eight-day commemoration of the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem by the Macabees after their victory over Syrian tyrant Antiochus IV in about 165 B.C.
and the other Bookes (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet it doth not apply them to establish any doctrine; such are these following: The Third Book of Esdras, The Fourth Book of Esdras, The Book of Tobias, The Book of Judith, The rest of the Book of Esther, The Book of Wisdom, Jesus the Son of Sirach, Baruch the Prophet, The Song of the Three Children, The Story of Susannah, Of Bel and the Dragon, The Prayer of Manasses, The First Book of Macabees, The Second Book of Macabees.
-- Title change from Mindy and the Macabees. Brave little Mindy volunteers to leave her safe home behind the walls of the Eldridge Street Synagogue to procure a Hanukka candle that the tiny family can no longer easily get because of the enormous cat in the sanctuary.
As the Temple took on greater prominence under the Macabees, the singing and playing of the Levites began to be seen simply as an accompaniment of the public sacrifices.