The Story of the Maccabees

I am working on little booklet telling the Christmas story from a Jewish- Christian Scriptural Perspective and including the Feast of Lights, aka Hannukah, spoken of in the Gospel of John. I thought you might find this extra Biblical historical reading of interest to gain an understanding of the meaning of Hannukah beyond it being thought of as the Jewish Christmas, or receiving eight days of presents and eating potato pancakes. It is a rich and dramatic history of the zeal of the Jewish true believers for God, His purposes, plans and His Word.

Often in recent years I have thought that without Hannukah, Christmas would not be possible. For Yeshua Ha’moshiach, our LORD Jesus Christ to fulfill the Law perfectly, which He did, He had to be presented at the Temple so that He could be dedicated, be circumcised on the eighth day, and also so Simeon and Anna could bless Him who were awaiting the Messiah. The Maccabees had won back the Temple from the Greeks who had thoroughly defiled God’s holy sanctuary and reconsecreated it. The story is a wonderful knitting together of the whole Biblical context of His incarnation.
May you be blessed this Hannukah and Christmas season by His Presence and with many opportunities to share the truth of the King of kings, our Messiah Yeshua Ha’moshiach, our LORD Jesus Christ, King of kings, the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.
Joy to the World!! Through the One and only source of Joy, Immanuel.
Praying you have much love and joy this holy season,
James and Elizabeth Stephens

Here is an excellent reading of the Book of Maccabees. There are three parts.

Here’s a link to my Hannukah playlist. Hope it works if you’re interested.

Scripture for 11.27.2018

TORAH  – Vayishiach  (and he sent)
Genesis 34:25-31
Prophets
1 Samuel 26 & 1 Samuel 27
Wisdom Writing
Psalm 53
Psalm of the Day 82
Proverbs 10:10
The Gospels & Letters
Luke 9
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The Fall of Jericho

While studying the accuracy of the Biblical narrative regarding the destruction of Jericho, I consulted Pfeiffer’s Biblical World which catalogues archaeological finds which are pertinent in studying the truth of the Bible. At first I was disappointed as the evidence presented by Garstang’s interpretation which at first seemed to confirm the accuracy was seemingly later disproven as to the timing of the battle by Kenyon, a French archaeologist who worked at the Jericho sitr from 1952-1958. Pfeiffer’s book was published in 1972 and is a reference book consulted by many pastors, teachers, and theologians. However, archaeology is actively uncovering new clues and overturning old theories. Such is the fascinating case of Dr. Bryant Woods confirming evidence which overturns Kenyon’s earlier findings. Here’s the link:

Watch “Secrets of the Bible: The Fall of Jericho with Dr. Bryant Wood” on YouTube