Saturday, 5 December 2015

Maccabees, Miracles and Grandpa Boris: The battle for the soul of Hanukkah in 2015

My Hanukkah post is up at Patheos

Here's an extract

There’s always been an interesting tension between the two aspects of Hanukkah celebration.  Which should take precedence in our thoughts each year? Should it be the miracle of the Temple light which burned for eight days when there was only enough sanctified oil for one day? Or should we place the greater emphasis on the military victory of the Maccabees against a regional superpower, the Assyrian Greeks?

Read the full post here