judas maccabaeus


  1. Maccabaeus, Judas.


  1. Judas or Ju·dah [joo-duh] /ˈdʒu də/, the Hammer, died c. 160 b.c., Judean patriot, one of the Maccabees: military leader 166–160 (son of Mattathias).


  1. Jewish leader, whose revolt (166–161 bc) against the Seleucid kingdom of Antiochus IV (Epiphanes) enabled him to recapture Jerusalem and rededicate the Temple

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