In this period of return, Judah is given a chance to live as the chosen people of God. During their time in Babylon (seventy years) the people of Israel were without the sacrificial system of the temple. The kosher laws of the family took on more importance of faith. The return from captivity is a common theme in salvation history.
What Greek leader conquered the known world by allowed the Jews in Jerusalem to maintain their traditions?
Alexander the Great
Who was the Seleucid king who desecrated the Temple?
Antiochus IV Epiphanes
Who were the three prominent sons of Mattathias, who began a revolt against the Greeks?
Judas, Jonathan, and Simon
In which town did the Maccabean revolt begin?
What is the feast called that commemorates the rededication of the Temple?