Monthly Archives: December 2012

Hanukkah, the Messiah, and the rest of the story

 

In the 39 books of the Tenakh accepted by the Jews and Protestants, there is no mention of Hanukkah. It is mentioned in the New Covenant scriptures. It can be found in John 10:22-39. Yeshua is walking on the Portico of Solomon in the Temple during the winter Feast of the Dedication (Hanukkah). Obviously, Yeshua knew about the feast since he made a point of being there during the feast. If the feast is not recorded in the Tenakh, how did he know about it? Today, we have four sources that tell us about Hanukkah: (1) 1 Maccabees; (2) 2 Maccabees; (3) The Antiquities of Flavius Josephus; and (4) the Talmud. Of these four sources, only two were available to Yeshua 2000 years ago. He would have known about 1 and 2 Maccabees. This is because both of these works were written approximately 100 years before his birth, or about 70 years after the Hanukkah event. Josephus was not born until seven years after Yeshua’s crucifixion (37 AD). The Talmud, at the time of Yeshua, was not in the current form and was known as the Tradition of the Elders. This begs the question: Why were 1 and 2 Maccabees not included in the Jewish Tenakh? Continue reading

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