Origins of Hanukkah – Maccabean Anti-Hellenic Rebellion DOCUMENTARY

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Kings and Generals’ historical animated documentary series on the history of Ancient Civilizations continues with a video on Maccabean Revolt – the anti-Hellenic and anti-Seleucid rebellion in Judea. As the Basileus of Seleucid Empire Antiochus the Great and his descendants attempted to Hellenize the Jews, a man called Judas Maccabeus and his relatives rose in rebellion waging a bloody guerilla war against the phalanx. This video covers all the major battles of the revolt and tells the origin story of Jewish Hanukkah

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The video was made by Yağız Bozan and Murat Can Yağbasan, while the script was researched and written by Leo Stone. This video was narrated by Officially Devin (

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  1. An important note- the hannukiya is known and illustrated in the world today as structure with half rounded canes, only because the way titus showed this in his victory gate. The original menorah is with straight canes. you may say the difference is small and not significant, but it was a way for him to mock the jews by distorting the original shape, and he had success at this, because up to modern days many jews also think about the hannukiya as rounded canes. Only those who kept the tradition tight remember the real shape. Besides, the greatest virtue and difect of the jews is their ability to unite in a state of danger, and having civil wars and disconections through history till today.
    Interesting videos thanks

  2. excelente, me gustaría hacer el off (la voz) en español para este video y que puedan escuchar la narración en español.

  3. The narrative asks whether imposition of theocratic rule taints the Maccabean legacy. This question is as anachronistic as asking why the Maccabees did not use the Internet to inform themselves about their enemies !!!

  4. Precision about what you say at 5:49. "Epiphanes", the nickname of Antiochos didn't probably mean "visible god" (even if this is a possible meaning) but more soberly "illustrious". The whole anecdote is, if I am not wrong, from Polybius, whose hostility against hellenistic kingdoms is well known…

  5. There are heroes like Judas, the Hammer of Judea, who fight to the last man for love and loyalty of God, Lord of Heaven and Earth!

  6. I think the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zolenskyy could be a modern Hammer of Judea. ✡️✡️✡️

  7. The inaccuracy in this video is unbelievable. Antiochus Epiphany was an absolute tyrant that did not give the Israelites or Jews the freedom of religion, he forced the Jews to leave the laws of God, and be converted into Greek religion of worshipping false Greek deities like Bacchus. Tho many of the Israelites of the northern kingdom tribes consented to becoming Greeks, the Jews, the southern tribes of Israel did not. They were tortured and forced into Greek religion. This can all be proven if you read the very 1st chapter of 1st Maccabees & 2nd Maccabees chapter 6. This era of history is where the rebel sect known as the Zealots originate. Mattathias and his sons were the first group of Zealots, meaning Jews Zealous for their own heritage, Gods laws, and rebelled against a tyrant and his ruling government, Antiochus Epiphany.

  8. You always make history interesting. Sad to know how Jews fought amongst themselves. Even these days, we recieve news of confrontation of orthodox jews with liberal jews in Isreal.

  9. The Persians deported them! Titus, son of Vespasian leveled the city of Jerusalem and the menorah became coins…. But the greatest holiday for the Hebrews, Hanukah, is some wins over the Greeks!
    yes Hellenism is and its free ideas is dangerous for the monotheists ! Still today !!! Caligula made them worship his statue in there great Temple! But no… The Hellenic idea of a free thinking Human is and was the greatest enemy!

  10. Its not eight candles its either seven or nine its symbolic to GOD and THE HOLY SPIRIT , 7 is a number of perfection in THE HOLY BIBLE and there are 9 fruits of THE HOLY SPIRIT .

  11. so here is the history where some jew are converting the the hellenic paganism ideas & now they are ruled in modern time so its always fighting between helenic paganism ideas vs Ibrahimic or Abrahamic religions when struggling with God send Hammer also this day Muslim resistances & true Christian are in Danger for they also towards helenic& Romanic ideas & jew are expecting & converting hellenic ideas this days so hellenic paganism is ruled by shadow. God may be send 2nd hammer for this.

  12. The Macabees were anti-hellenistic? thats why the names of nearly all the people in that family were hellenstic?

  13. Prays Jesus Christ Holy Bible (Matt 4:17) From that time on Jesus Began to preach, ""Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." Prays Jesus Christ. Amen. Hallelujah.2022.

  14. Wait, Mattathias and his son Judah (Yahudah) were the MEN!!! And Black Hebrew Men at that! Jeremiah 14:2 says in part…" Judah is Black" just as King Solomon another Hebrew was Black Songs of Solomon 1:5 (I Dare You to Read This) Thank You, but….no thank you, if you're going to tell our History, tell it correctly…the viewing audience needs to read the Books of Maccabees, you painted our Black Hebrew Warrior Brother as a Terrorist in many cases; a Terrorist who forced his will on others…and why doesn't anyone want to deal with the Mighty Elephant in the room, these weren't white/pale-faced/reddish-white Jews…because everyone who studied and everyone who reads the Bible can clearly see that Yahushua (Jesus) was woolly-headed, dark brass, black Hebrew Revelation 1:13-15 and the scriptures clearly say in Hebrew 7:14 it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah (real name Yahudah)….I can go on and on, with Millions of Truths but My point is I turn to this channel looking for the Truth i.e. a Truthful High-quality Product, but instead, I received another white or white Jew Lie mix-up…with some much White washing images it's ridiculous… You going to do what you want, just put some respect on My Families Name, Our (Black Hebrew) Righteous GOD fearing Warriors, Deserve it, Our People been through enough!!! But it's Cool, YHWH (YAHWEH) is Coming and Judgment Day is SWIFTLY Approaching!!!! and All will be made Straight and Crystal Clear.

  15. Although the miracle of the oil is what the official story says, people like sam aranow have disputed this and argued that it actually symbolises the rededication of the temple where it was resanctified by the new high priest after being free of greek idols with a sacrifice every day apart from Saturday (the Sabbath when sacrifices were forbidden) though this sacrifice was just postponed to the day after – hence the 8 day celebration

  16. Thank you so much for the production, excellent. However, the concluding questions sound like bigotry, and misunderstands Yahweh. As the devil empowers the deranged 'madmen' so Judah and successor were lead by the LORD. It will repeat again and very soon.

  17. Seleucids : " Alright let's have some Bacon on this temple"
    Maccabean : "Free circumcision for everyone"

    Extreme oppression leading to extreme rebellion so that's why I guess most modern oppressive regimes do only soft oppression. Also, it seems that the Romans were like vampires, if you let them in, you were done for.


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