This presentation is based on an article by Rabbi Michael Hilton and Peter Schick
that appeared in the Journal of Progressive Judaism, (No.9, November 1997,
© Sheffield Academic Press Ltd).
|The festival of Chanukah commemorates the rededication of
the Temple at Jerusalem on 25th Kislev 164 BCE, after the Maccabees had recaptured it from
their Seleucid oppressors.
Why did they rededicate the Temple on 25th Kislev? The article showed that
the answer might have been that there were signs in the heavens that earlier explanations
Reconstruction of King Solomon's Temple at the Bible Museum,
Acknowledgements: Astronomy software used for the sky
'Dance of the Planets' ©, (ARC Science Simulations - www.arcinc.com),
'Redshift' ©, (Maris Multimedia - www.maris.com),
'Starry Night Pro' © for the videos, (www.starrynightpro.com),
The 'Times Atlas of World History'©, for the map.