Hanukkah or Festival of Lights

by Murrell Selden   October 6, 2015

Here are some Jewish links about Hanukkah:  Click here.   and here  Click here.

Here are some charts I made to reveal when Hanukkah took place:

First Hanukkah Chart

Another chart (to show in the period thought to be near Hanukkah) suggests may have been 162 B.C.E. 

Chart showing 162 B.C.E.

Could the first Hanukkah be in 170 B.C.E.?

No, 162 B.C.E. seems more logical.  The advantage of 170 B.C.E. is that it was a Jubilee year  All B.C.E. years ending in 70 and 20 are Jubilee years.  For example, I calculated that Moses raised his arm against Egypt in 1520 B.C.E.  But the Exodus was ten years later in 1510 B.C.E. See this link:  My Bible Study Link.   So, after 40 years of following Moses brings one to 1470 B.C.E., when  Israel came into Jerusalem, which was a Jubilee year.  And, when Joshua divided the conquered lands, it was then 1420 B.C.E.  (about when Joshua died at 110 years of age, 1420+110=1530 B.C.E., when Joshua was born.)  So, 1420 B.C.E. was a Jubilee year (read about division of the lands to the tribes of Israel in the book of Joshua up to Joshua 22:25-24:33).  But history and coinage indicate Jerusalem was not captured until 168 B.C.E.  This means that Hanukkah could not be before 168 B.C.E.  What does Josephus say in Wars of the Jews and the death of Herod?   Click here!

What happened 200 years later from 170 B.C.E.?

200 years later was a Jubilee year.  That was 29 C.E. (170+1+29=200).  According to the Christian book of Luke, Jesus (Yeshua) announced fulfillment of Isaiah (Luke  4:16-22).  Sending the "crushed ones away with a release" is certainly Jubilee talk (just as handing out lands by Joshua).  Here is support link from the Catholic church on this viewpoint.   I believe this event of reading from the book of Luke was the Festival of Lights on December 21st in 29 C.E. (extended Julian calendar used by astronomers).  I also believe it was the basis of what is called Christmas, except it has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus (Yeshua).  But, the date 170 B.C.E. may have other significance for the temple (nothing related to Hanukkah).  Jesus called  himself  the "light of the world."