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:
Another chart (to show in the period thought to be near Hanukkah) suggests may have been 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."