• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Maccabees The name given in later times to the Asmonæans, a family of Jewish patriots, who headed a religious revolt in the reign of Antiochus IV., 168-161 b. c., which led to a period of freedom for Israel.
    • Maccabees The name of two ancient historical books, which give accounts of Jewish affairs in or about the time of the Maccabean princes, and which are received as canonical books in the Roman Catholic Church, but are included in the Apocrypha by Protestants. Also applied to three books, two of which are found in some MSS. of the Septuagint.
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In literature:

Therefore defend yourselves, as did the Jews in the days of the Maccabees!
"The Young Carpenters of Freiberg" by Anonymous
The first book of the Maccabees, though not received into the Protestant canon, is allowed by all the learned to be an authentick history.
"Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica" by James Boswell
He would teach Tim and his fellows that the descendants of David and the Maccabees were soldiers worthy of their ancestors.
"The New Land" by Elma Ehrlich Levinger
From the Earliest Period to the Death of Simon the Maccabee (135 B.C.E.).
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
Daniel belongs to the period of the Maccabees.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
The Ladies of the Maccabees confined their work mainly to the women in their own large organization.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
A prelude to the fulfilment of the prophecy before us took place at the time of the Maccabees, comp.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
The Maccabees, for example, were not inferior to the Romans in greatness.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
A typical case of suffering is given in the Second Book of Maccabees.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
This led to the insurrection of the Maccabees, by which the Jews ultimately recovered their independence.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various

In poetry:

E'en a woman — women hear,
Read in Maccabees the story,
Conquer'd nature, love, and fear,
To obtain a crown of glory.
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More

In news:

Gibson's Maccabee film on hold.
The guys in The Maccabees are cute, but don't think that means they don't have some serious talent.
The Maccabees , 'Given To The Wild'.
It has taken the Maccabees three albums and five years to find the lush, cinematic sound of their latest album, Given to the Wild.
Portraying Judah the Maccabee was Southeast High School student Landon Heitner.
Zalman Dubinsky of Los Angeles, left, dressed as a Maccabee, offers tefillin to Ben Stein of Connecticut before the annual menorah lighting on the Mall in Washington.
Mel Gibson on Judah Maccabee, Christopher Hitchens, and Circumcision.
Gibson is conveniently casting himself in the role of a Jewish military hero, Juddah Maccabee.
CARLOS ALVAREZ/GETTY IMAGES Mel Gibson is the subject of an ebook by Joe Eszterhas, who was canned from a film project Gibson was producing about Judah Maccabee, the Jewish hero.
Mel Gibson Rant Released by Joe Eszterhas After Fight Over Maccabees Script.
Cleveland native and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas completed a script for "The Maccabees," a "Jewish Braveheart," as Mel Gibson called it.
FILE ART Mel Gibson plans to make a movie about the Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.
Mel Gibson 's Maccabee Movie.
Mel Gibson on Judah Maccabee, Christopher Hitchens, and Circumcision.
Mel Gibson , who reportedly made anti-Semitic remarks during a drunken driving arrest five years ago, is now producing a film about the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.