The Festivals of Hanukkah and Christmas
Rev. Edward Daniel Brotsky, D.D.
Interviewer: Rev. Malvern Jacobs, D.Min.
Copyright Edward Daniel Brotsky, 1988, 1995. All rights reserved.
This message was given by Rev. Edward D.Brotsky on University of Toronto Radio, CIUT 89.5 FM on December 25, 1988. It was broadcast on the Worldspirit program as part of the series. .
The Bible and Prophecy: A Messianic View Outline
1. Hanukkah the "Feast of Lights"
Reason for Christian Interest
Jesus Celebrated Hanukkah
The Temple Ritual
2. Historic background: The Hellenistic (Greek) Period (334-146 B.C.)
Conquests of Alexander the Great
Influence of Hellenism
3. The Maccabean Revolt 168-165 B.C.
Greco-Syrian invasion of Palestine: Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175-163 B.C.)
Attempt at genocide of the Jewish Nation
Desecration of the Jerusalem Temple; all-out effort to obliterate Judaism
First religious war in history' - The Maccabean victory
For more information on the Maccabees, see
HISTORY SPEAKS; MONARCHY, EXILE & MACCABEES by Manfred Davidmann
4. The Judeo-Christian values which were at stake redeemed
The "Chosen People" - cradle of Christ and Christianity
The Holy Scriptures of Old Testament - basis of New Testament
The Holy City and the Temple - centre of Christ's ministry
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