Judah Maccabee (or Judas Maccabeus, also spelled Machabeus, or Maccabaeus, Hebrew: יהודה המכבי, Y'hudhah HamMakabi) was a Kohen and a son of the Jewish priest Mattathias. He led the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire (167–160 BCE) and is acclaimed as one of the greatest warriors in Jewish history alongside Joshua, Gideon and David.
Hanukkah, this week's Jewish festival of lights, celebrates a military revolt by ancient Israelites, led by Judas Maccabeus (167-160 BCE) over forces of oppression. The oil lamps lit during Hanukkah mark a turning point, and that makes "The Maccabees" by Wojciech Korneli Stattler my NEWS OF WEEK. http://alphaomegaarts.blogspot.com/2014/12/religious-art-news-of-week_21.html