Royals, Rebels, Presidents, Paupers, Thinkers, and Thieves

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  • ID: I64695
  • Name: Mattathias ben Maccabeus
  • Given Name: Mattathias ben
  • Surname: Maccabeus
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: 80D1F64B1D0AC641A4B6EC4296B3EC229FA8
  • Change Date: 29 Jun 2004
  • Note:

    (died 167 bc), priest of Modin, northwest of Jerusalem. In 168 bc the Seleucid king Antiochus IV Epiphanes forbade the practice of Judaism and also decreed that altars to Greek gods be set up in the Temple at Jerusalem and in country towns. Mattathias, then an old man, refused to comply and killed a royal officer and a Jew who did comply. Subsequently (167 bc), with his five sons and many faithful Jews, Mattathias fled to the mountains and began a revolt against Antiochus. He died soon after, leaving his son Judas in command of the rebellion.

  • Death: 167 BC

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
      1. Has Children Simon Thassi Maccabeus of Judea
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