Maccabee Beliefs and Traditions

Maccabee Facts about St. Judas Maccabaeus

The Life of St. Judas Maccabeus
PLACE OF BIRTH: Modi'in, Judea
PLACE OF DEATH: Elasa (160 BC), near modern day Ramallah
MILITARY SERVICE: Rebel leader and commander of the Maccabees
BATTLES/WARS: Revolt of the Maccabees
LEGACY: Military hero, Defender of Judaism, Founder of Hanukkah
PRESTIGE: One of the Nine Worthies, which include nine of the greatest Judeo-Christian warriors of all time
JUDAISM: Seen as one of greatest Jewish warriors in history, alongside Joshua, Gideon and David
ESTABLISHMENT: Founded the holiday of Hanukkah and the Hasmonean Dynasty of Israel

The Faith of St. Judas Maccabaeus
RELIGION: Temple Judaism
FAITH: Devout, traditional
BIBLE: Book of the Maccabees I and II
APOCRYPHA: Book of the Maccabees III, IV, and V
OTHER BOOKS: Book of the Maccabees VI, VII, VIII, and the three Ethiopian books of Meqabyan
TRADITION: One of the only actual Judeo-Christian heroes in history
JUDAISM: Founder of the festival of Hanukkah (Dedication), an official holiday of Judaism
CHRISTIANITY: Considered a Saint residing in the Christian Kingdom of Heaven
RECOGNITION: Honored by Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Ethiopian and Coptic Christianity
CHURCHES: I. St. Mary and St. Shmuni Church, in Sinstorf (Hamburg, Germany), II. Chapel of the Maccabees, in Saint-Pierre, (Geneva, Switzerland), III. St. Maccabees Church, in Cologne, (Germany), IV. Church of St. Maccabees Brothers in Lady, (Poland)

Ancestry of St. Judas Maccabaeus
ROYAL LINE: Hasmonean Dynasty
FAMILY HOUSE: House of Asamoneus
PRIESTHOOD: Seven Watchtowers of Joarib
FATHER: Mattathias the Hasmonean
BIRTH ORDER: 3rd-born Son
BROTHERS: John Gaddis, Simon Thassi, Eleazar Avaran, Jonathan Apphus (By Birth Order)
FAMILY TOMB: Modi'in, Israel

Various Names of St. Judas Maccabaeus
STANDARD: Judas Maccabeus, Judas Maccabaeus
TITLE: The Hammer, the Hammer of God, the Hammerer
JEWISH: Judah Maccabee, Judah the Maccabee
YIDDISH: Yehudah HaMakabi
LITERAL ENGLISH: Judah the Hammer
HEBREW: יהודה המכבי
ORIGIN: From the Aramaic 'maqqabba', or 'makebet' in modern Hebrew
ALTERNATIVE SPELLINGS: Machabeus, Maccabeus,

The Eternal Laws of St. Judas Maccabaeus
GOD: I. You will accept death over idolatry.
LIFE: II. You will accept death over murder.
SEXUALITY: III. You will accept death over sexual perversion.

St. Judas Maccabaeus in Literature
Old English Homilies on The Maccabees, by Aelfric (c. 1000) edited by Stuart D. Lee
El Maccabeo, by Miguel de Silveyra. (Naples, 1638)
La chevalerie de Judas Macabe, by Pierre du Ryer (1600-1658)
Judas Machabaeus, (Rome 1695)
Judas Makkabaeus, by Josef Eduard Konrad Bischoff (Germany 1885)
The Hammer, by Alfred J. Church and Richmond Seeley (1890)
Alilot Gibbor ha-Yehudim Yehudah ha-Makkabi le-Veit ha-Hashmona'im, by Jacob Benjamin Katznelson (1922)
Judas Makkabaeus, ein Kleinvolk kaempft um Glaube und Heimat, by Karl Boxler (1943)
My Glorious Brothers, by Howard Fast (1948)
Yehudah ha-Makkabi in A Layter tsu der Zun, by Moses Schulstein (1954)
Yehudah ha-Makkabi in Sippurim le-Mofet, by Jacob Fichmann (1954)

St. Judas Maccabaeus in Theatre
Judas Maccabeaus, by William Houghton (1601)
Giuda Maccabeo, ossia la morte di Nicanore, an Oratorio adapted by Vallicella (1839)
Judas Maccabaeus, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1872)

St. Judas Maccabaeus in Art
The illustrated manuscript Libri Maccabaeorum (900s AD)
Josephus, illustrations by Jean Fouquet
Chapel of the Dead, in Tournai Cathedral, by Rubens
Illustrated English Bible, illustrated by Paul Gustave Dore
Nine Heroes Tapestries, at the Metropolitan Museum (South Netherlandish, ca. 1400-1410)
The Triumph of Judas Maccabeus, by Gerrit van Honthorst

St. Judas Maccabaeus in Music
Judas Maccabaeus, an Oratorio, by George Frideric Handel (1746)
Song of Judas Maccabeus Before the Battle of Maspha, by Rebekah Hyneman (1816-1875)
The Battle-Cry of the South, by James R. Randall (1860s)

St. Judas Maccabaeus Briefly Mentioned in...
The classic saga called the Divine Comedy, by Dante
The classic play called Love's Labour's Lost, by Shakespeare
The song Hanukkah in Santa Monica, by Tom Lehrer
The song Jerusalem, by Mirah
The book Treatise on Twelve Lights, Ch. 5 (Recourse to the Sword), by Robert Struble (2007-08)

May the LORD God Bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

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The Seven Holy Maccabee Martyrs
I. St. Abim
II. St. Antonius
III. St. Guriah
IV. St. Eleazar
V. St. Eusebon
VI. St. Alimus
VII. St. Marcellus

Their Mother: St. Solomonia
Their Teacher: St. Eleazar

The Many Crosses of the Christian Faith

The Basic Facts of Maccabee Christianity

Roman Catholic, Orthodox Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Coptic and Ethiopian Christianity
Founder: Rabbi Joshua ben Joseph, the Nazarene (Jesus Christ)
Lifespan: 0 B.C. to 33 A.D.
Successor: Simon Peter
Leaders: 12 Apostles, 72 Disciples
Location: Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem
Sabbath: Sunday, Saturday
Language: Latin, Greek, and Aramaic
Holy Book: Bible, Old and New Testament
Sacred Text: Book of the Maccabees I and II
Holiday: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter
Timeline: 33 A.D. to 2,000 A.D.
Divinity: One God in Three: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost
Afterlife: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell

The Five Aspects of Maccabee Christianity
1. Theology and Doctrines: The Holy Trinity of God, the Ancient Creed of Faith (Nicene Cree), the Seven Holy Maccabee Martyrs. the Twelve Apostles of Joshua the Messiah & Twelve Tribes of Israel, the Seven Archangels of God, the Seven Catholic Books of the Old Testament, the Seven Catholic Letters of the New Testament
2. Laws and Commandments: The Ten Commandments, the Three Greatest Commandment(s)
3. Rituals and Practices: The Sign of the Cross, the Seven Sacraments, the Seven Material and Seven Spiritual Deeds of Mercy, the Three Eminent Good Works
4. Ethics and Morality: The Seven Ancient Virtues of God, the Seven Holy & Seven Heavenly (Contrary) Virtues, the Seven Deadly Sins and the New, Seven Deadly 'Social' Sins
5. Prayers and Mysteries: The LORD's Prayer, the Hail Mary Prayer, the Apostles' Creed, the Seven Gifts and Seven Manifestations of the Holy Ghost, the Seven Joys and Seven Sorrows of Mary

1. Theology & Doctrines of Maccabee Christianity

The Holy Trinity of God
I. The Father: God, the LORD God of Israel (YHVH)
II. The Son: Rabbi Joshua the Nazarene (Jesus Christ)
III. The Holy Ghost

The Ancient Creed of Faith (Nicene Creed)

I. We believe in

One God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen.

II. We believe in
One LORD, Joshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), the only Son of God, eternally born of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, born not made, one in being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, He came down from Heaven. By the power of the Holy Ghost, He was born of the Virgin Mary and became man. For our sake He was crucified by order of Pontius Pilate. He suffered, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.

III. We believe in
The Holy Ghost, the LORD, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son He is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

The Seven Holy Maccabee Martyrs

I. St. Abim
II. St. Antonius
III. St. Guriah
IV. St. Eleazar
V. St. Eusebon
VI. St. Alimus
VII. St. Marcellus

Their Mother: St. Solomonia
Their Teacher: St. Eleazar

The Twelve Apostles of Joshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ)

I. Peter
II. Andrew
III. James the Greater
IV. James the Lesser
V. John
VI. Philip
VII. Bartholomew
VIII. Matthew
IX. Thomas
X. Jude Thaddeus
XI. Simon
XII. Matthias (after Judas)

The Twelve Tribes of Israel

I. Reuben
II. Simeon
III. Levi
IV. Judah
V. Zabulon
VI. Issachar
VII. Dan
IX. Asher
X. Naphtali
XI. Joseph (Menasseh and Ephraim)
XII. Benjamin

The Seven Archangels of God
I. Michael
II. Gabriel
III. Raphael
IV. Uriel
V. Raguel
VI. Remiel.
VII. Saraqael

The Seven Catholic Books of the Old Testament
I. Sirach
II. Tobit
III. Wisdom
IV. Judith
V. First Maccabees
VI. Second Maccabees
VII. Baruch

The Seven Catholic Letters of the New Testament

I. James
II. Jude
III. First Peter
IV. Second Peter
V. First John
VI. Second John
VII. Third John

2. Laws and Commandments of Maccabee Christianity

The Ten Commandments

I. I am the LORD your God. You will have no other gods but Me.
II. You will not use the name of the LORD in vain.
III. You will honor the Sabbath day.
IV. You will honor your father and mother.
V. You will not kill.
VI. You will not commit adultery
VII. You will not steal.
VIII. You will not lie.
IX. You will not envy your neighbor’s wife.
X. You will not envy your neighbor’s property.

The Three Greatest Commandment(s)

I. LOVE OF GOD: Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37)
II. LOVE OF NEIGHBOR: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39)
III. GOLDEN RULE: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Matthew 7:12)

3. Rituals and Practices of Maccabee Christianity

The Sign of the Cross
I. In the Name of the Father: 'In the name of the Father,' (Place Right Hand on Forehead)
II. In the Name of the Son: 'the Son,' (Place Right Hand on Waist)
III. In the Name of the Holy Ghost: 'and the Holy Ghost.' (Place Right Hand on the Left then Right Shoulder)

The Seven Sacraments
I. Baptism
II. Communion
III. Confession
IV. Confirmation
V. Matrimony
VI. Ordination
VII. Anointing

A Visual Display of the Seven Sacraments
The Seven Material Deeds of Mercy
I. Feed the Hungry
II. Quench the Thirsty.
III. Clothe the Naked.
IV. Shelter the Homeless
V. Visit the Imprisoned
VI. Comfort the Sick
VII. Bury the Dead

The Seven Spiritual Deeds of Mercy

I. Instruct Ignorance
II. Counsel Doubt
III. Rebuke Sinners
IV. Endure Others Patiently
V. Forgive Others Willingly
VI. Comfort Affliction
VII. Pray for the the Living and the Dead

The Three Eminent Good Works
I. Prayer
II. Fasting
III. Charity

4. Ethics & Morality of Maccabee Christianity

The Seven Ancient Virtues of God
I. Prudence
II. Justice
III. Temperance
IV. Fortitude
V. Faith
VI. Hope
VII. Love

The Seven Holy Virtues
I. Valour
II. Generosity
III. Liberality
IV. Diligence
V. Patience
VI. Kindness
VII. Humility

The Seven Heavenly (Contrary) Virtues
I. Chastity
II. Temperance
III. Charity
IV. Diligence
V. Patience
VI. Kindness
VII. Humility

The Seven Deadly Sins
I. Lust
II. Gluttony
III. Greed
IV. Sloth
V. Wrath
VI. Envy
VII. Pride

The New, Seven Deadly 'Social' Sins

I. Human Experimentation
II. Genetic Manipulation
III. Environmental Pollution
IV. Social Injustice
V. Poverty Causation
VI. Excessive Wealth
VII. Drug Abuse

5. Prayers & Mysteries of Maccabee Christianity

The LORD’s Prayer

Our Father,
Who is in Heaven,
Holy is your name.
May your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Let us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

The Hail Mary Prayer

Hail Mary,
Full of grace,
The LORD is with you.
Blessed are you among women
And blessed is the son
Of your womb Joshua

Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
Prayer for us sinners
Now and at the
Hour of our death.

The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.

I believe in Joshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), His only Son, our LORD. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

I. Wisdom
II. Understanding
III. Counsel
IV. Courage
V. Knowledge
VI. Reverence
VII. Fear of the LORD

The Seven Manifestations of the Holy Ghost
I. Love
II. Joy
III. Peace
IV. Long-Suffering
V. Gentleness
VI. Goodness
VII. Faith

The Seven Joys of Mary

I. The Annunciation of Joshua
II. The Nativity of Joshua
III. The Gifts of the Three Wise Men
IV. The Resurrection of Joshua
V. The Ascension of Joshua
VI. The Pentecost, or Descent, of the Holy Ghost
VII. The Heavenly Coronation of Mary

The Seven Sorrows of Mary

I. The Prophecy about Joshua
II. The Exile of Joshua
III. The Disappearance of Joshua
IV. The Cross-bearing of Joshua
V. The Crucifixion of Joshua
VI. The Dead Body of Joshua
VII. The Burial of Joshua


The Symbols of Maccabee Christianity

The Crosses of Christianity

St. Peter's Cross

Hebrew Peace Activism

The Judeo-Christian Tradition

The Judeo-Christian Tradition of the Maccabees

The Orthodox Judeo-Christian Tradition

The Symbol of Judeo-Christianity
May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

Jason Nicholas Korning