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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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The sight of the splintered boat seemed to madden him, as the blood of grapes and mulberries cast before Antiochus's elephants in the book of Maccabees. Meanwhile Ahab half smothered in the foam of the whale's insolent tail, and too much of a cripple to swim, --though he could still keep afloat, even in the heart of such a whirlpool as that; helpless Ahab's head was seen, like a tossed bubble which the least chance shock might burst.
They sing the psalms of David, of which, as well as the other parts of the Holy Scriptures, they have a very exact translation in their own language; in which, though accounted canonical, the books of the Maccabees are omitted.
The album features production from Hugo White (The Maccabees) and Dan Grech (Wolf Alice, The Killers, Liam Gallagher) as well as co-writes with Nick Hodgson (Kaiser Chiefs), Crispin Hunt (Florence + The Machine, Jake Bugg, Lana Del Rey) and Luke Potashnick (Charlie Puth, James Blunt).
ORLANDO Weeks - the former Maccabees frontman-turned-solo artist - is not the type of person who gets caught up in the extravagance and over-indulgence of the festive season.
Nothing could be more bleak than the future the Maccabees faced some 23 centuries ago.
Why do Catholic Bibles include texts such as Wisdom, Sirach, and the books of Maccabees, which other traditions treat as apocryphal?
The feast of the Dedication is a reminder of the freedom regained by the Jews under the leadership of the Maccabees. These nationalistic fighters proved to be true shepherds, unlike other leaders, including even the High Priests in Jerusalem who readily agreed to the Hellenization of the people on the part of the pagan Seleucids.
The Maccabees found enough sacred oil to light the temple's menorah for one day.
Suffering in Ancient Worldview: Luke, Seneca and 4 Maccabees in Dialogue
While most know that the story of Hanukkah commemorates the uprising of the Maccabees, the exact facts of the rebellion have often been lost.
THE Maccabees have announced they are splitting up after 14 years together as a band.