The Jewish (Re)Discovery of Chanukah

Strange but true: Jewish sources largely ignored the history of Chanukah until the 10th century! Here’s a quick review of the major works, and how they affected the Jewish memory of this remarkable period in Jewish history.

Here’s a few Sefaria links to texts mentioned in the video:

Relevant section of Talmud, Tractate Shabbat

Megilat Ta’anit

Megilat Antiochus

Josephus, Antiquities 12

First Book of the Maccabees

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