Revolt of the Maccabees

by Hannah and Lauryn

Actions lead to currently improved conditions

In the last few years, 168- 160 B.C., the remnant of faithful Israel suffered under Antiochus IV Epiphanes until his Greek ways provoked the Maccabean Revolt. Following Alexander's death, his kingdom was divided between the Ptolemies and Seleucids, which was when the horrific Antiochus IV took power. His goal was to make everyone in his empire Greek, which meant following Greek practices and customs. Most of these practices went against the Jewish religion and infuriated the people. King Antiochus sold the position of high priest to the highest bidder, installed Greek styles of worship, and desecrated the Temple. Many people were not okay with the his actions, but it had seemed like they couldn't do anything about it. A priest named Mattathias and his family, along with a soldier names Judas Maccabeus, decided to go against all odds to defy the King. They organized the Maccabean revolt, rededicated the Temple, and took back most of the land including Judah. Now the remnant of the faithful Israel is becoming an independent power once again. Thanks to the Maccabees and those who kept the faith, our current state of affairs is better than before!