Now on the 25th of Kislev went Yeshua unto Jerusalem that he might attend the Feast
of Dedication, or as the Jews called, the Feast of Lights, for on that day did Judas
the Maccabee cleanse the temple of defilement.
Summary: The third son of Mattathias, a Jewish priest, Judas and his brothers supported
their father in a revolt against the Seleucid ruler Antiochus IV, who had issued
laws restricting Jewish religious practices. After the death of his father, Judas
took lead of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire (167–160 BCE). The
Jewish feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) commemorates Judah’s restoration of worship
at the temple in Jerusalem on the 25th of Kislev in 164 BCE.