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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A body of Jewish patriots, followers of Judas Maccabæus, who in 2nd century B.C. and in the interest of the Jewish faith withstood the oppression of Syria and held their own for a goodly number of years against not only the foreign yoke that oppressed them, but against the Hellenising corruption of their faith at home.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Maccabees'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/maccabees.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.