By David C. Carson
Published: March 30, 2013.
Before the world heard of Adolph Hitler, Hezbollah, or Hamas, a Syrian king calling himself Antiochus Epiphanes called for the destruction of the Jewish nation. Against all odds, one priest and his sons stood up to the king. One of those sons became known as the Maccabee. It was the passion, faith, and military genius of the Maccabee that culminated in what is presently celebrated as Hanukkah.