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The: The Jewish army that revolted against the Syrian-Greek occupation in 139 BCE, whose miraculous victory culminated in the festival of Chanukah. Their name is an acronym of their battle cry, whose Hebrew words mean “who is likened unto You amongst all powers, O, G-d.”
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Entry for 'Maccabees'. Chabad Knowledge Base. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ckb/m/maccabees.html. 2012.