Hasmonean dynasty, are represented by Josephus in the Jewish Antiquities, Book 12 Chapter 5 through Book 13 Chapter 7. These chapters are primarily a compressed version of the First Book of Maccabees, supplemented by some material from the Second Book of Maccabees War 1 37-47, with some additional changes made by Josephus. An even more condensed version appears in the Jewish War, Book 1 Chapters 3-6.
The generals of Antiochus's armies having been defeated so often, Judah Maccabee assembled the people and told them that after the many victories which God had given them they ought to go up to Jerusalem and purify the Temple and offer the appointed sacrifices.
But when he with the whole multitude came to Jerusalem and found he Temple deserted, its gates burned down, and plants growing in the Temple of their own accord because of the desolation, he and those with him began to lament in their distress at the sight of the Temple.
So he chose some of his soldiers and gave them an order to fight the men that guarded the upper city until he has purified the Temple. When therefore he he had carefully purged it he brought in new vessels -- the menorah, the table and the incense altar, which were made of gold, and hung up the veils at the doors and restored the doors themselves. He also took down the altar and built a new one of stones that he gathered together, and such as had not been hewn with iron tools.
And on the twenty-fifth day of the month Kislev, which the Macedonians call Apellaios, they lighted the lights [phôta] that were on the menorah, and offered incense upon the altar, and laid the loaves upon the table, and offered whole burnt offerings upon the new altar.
As it happened, these things took place on the very same day on which, three years before, the divine worship had been reduced to an impure and profane form of worship; for the Temple had remained desolate for three years after being made so by Antiochus...And the desolation of the Temple came about in accordance with the prophecy of Daniel, which had been made four hundred and eight years before; for he had revealed that the Macedonians would destroy it.
And so Judah and his fellow citizens celebrated the festival
of the restoration of the sacrifices of the Temple for eight days, and
omitted no sort of pleasure, but everyone feasted upon very rich and splendid
sacrifices; and they honoured God, and delighted themselves with psalms
of praise and the playing of harps. Indeed, they were so very glad at the
revival of their customs and, after so long a time, having unexpectedly
regained their right to worship, that they made it a law for their posterity
that they should keep a festival celebrating the restoration of their Temple
worship for eight days. And from that time to this we celebrate this, which
we call the Festival of Lights [phôta], because, I imagine,
beyond our hopes this right was brought to light [phanênai],
and so this name was placed on the festival.
At that time the Festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem.
It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the Temple, in the portico of Solomon.
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