Happy Chanukah

Back around 165 BC, Antiochus IV (Epiphanes), the Greek Seleucid leader responsible for Judea, decided that he would desecrate the Hebrews’ temple in Jerusalem by slaughtering a sow there, then by erecting a statue to Zeus in the Holy of Holies, the most sacred part of the Temple. This really pissed the Jews off and led to the Maccabean revolt, which, for three years, overthrew the yoke of the oppressive Greeks.

The re-dedication of the Temple is what is celebrated as Hanukkah today. Not only is it older than Christmas, but Jesus makes mention of its celebration as well…so Happy Hannukah, Chappy Chanukah, and whatever way you wish to spell it, light some candles, and throw off some oppression in your life!

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