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Is Hanukkah mentioned in the Bible?

Asked by E. Barnes, Last updated: Mar 25, 2020

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L. Agate

L. Agate

Answered Mar 25, 2020

No, Hanukkah does not appear in the Bible. It also not found in the Torah, which is the first part of the Hebrew Bible. The Bible does not contain any event that led to this festival. It is believed that the Torah was written long before the celebration of Hanukkah began.

The account of the event of Hanukkah can be found in the first and second book of Maccabees. These books are not found in the Christian Bible or the Hebrew Bible. The exact reasons why these books are not part of the Bible remains unknown.

The books are part of “Apocrypha,” which represents “hidden things” in Greek. Hanukkah can only be found in the Jewish text, Talmud. It contains details on the early practice of the festival.

 

W.Willow

W.Willow

Answered Jan 26, 2020

No, Hanukkah does not appear in the Bible, and it also does not appear in the Torah. They say that the events that made the tradition start to occur happened long after the Torah has already been written. If you would check out the New Testament, it seems to be mentioned in passing when Jesus was said to attend a “Feast of Dedication.”

If you would try to look for it in the Old Testament of the Bible, you will probably not see it. Most of the things that are written in the Old Testament will not mention anything that is similar to this feast. Hanukkah is special not only because of the lighting of the Menorah but because of what it represents.

 

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