The display of items from the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection at the UMD Library for the month of December 1999 will be to commemorate Christmas and Hanukkah with illustration from the Bibles in the Collection.
In addition to the history of the Maccabees with their part in the restoration of the Temple and the Talmudic story of the Menorah, there will be information on the meaning of the four Hebrew letters on the dreidl, both for the significance of Hanukkah and for the playing of the dreidl game.
Bible illustration will show various interpretations of the story of the Nativity, including two pictures of the Annunciation from "Bible Pauperum", the picture books used for teaching Bible stories in the days when most people were illiterate.
The Festival of Hanukkah celebrates the re-dedication of the Temple at Jerusalem in 165 BCE.
The Books of the Maccabees describe how the Jews rebelled against the Greek rule of Antiochus, first under Mattathias, and then under his five sons, led by Judas Maccabeus.
When the Temple was reclaimed, it had been polluted by the building of an altar to Zeus. This was thrown down and the Temple re-dedicated, an occasion which has been celebrated ever since.
Then Judas and his brothers and all the assembly of Israel determined that every year at that season the days of the dedication of the altar should be observed with gladness and joy for eight days, beginning with the twenty-fifth day of the month of Chislev.
I MACCABEES 4:59
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