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The Maccabeans

Antiochus forced the jews to worship Greek gods witch resulted in the jews revolting against Syria. Rabbi Mattahis refused to take this treatment from Syria. So then Judah Maccabee formed the group called the Maccabeans, who defeated a much larger Syrian army. Then in 164 BC a Maccabean victory allowed Israel to be a Intipentant county again. To rededcate the Tempel in Jerusalem they created the holiday of Chanuka.

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