hanukka definition

  • noun:
    • The Jewish Feast for the Dedication, instituted by Judas Maccabæus, his brothers, plus the entire congregation of Israel, in 165 b. c., to commemorate the commitment of the new altar put up in the purification regarding the temple of Jerusalem to restore the altar which have been polluted by Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria (1 Maccabees i. 58, iv. 59). The feast, that will be pointed out in John x. 22, is held for eight days (starting with the 25th day's Kislev, corresponding to December), and it is celebrated every-where, mainly as a festival of lights, because of the Jews.

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