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[mat-uh-thahy-uh s] /ˌmæt əˈθaɪ əs/
died 167? b.c, Jewish priest in Judea (father of Judas Maccabaeus). Unabridged
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Mattathias in the Bible

ibid. (1.) The son of Amos, in the genealogy of our Lord (Luke 3:25). (2.) The son of Semei, in the same genealogy (Luke 3:26).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for Mattathias

Jewish priest and landowner of Modein, near Jerusalem, who in 167 defied the decree of Antiochus IV Epiphanes of Syria to Hellenize the Jews; he fled to the Judaean hills with his five sons and waged a guerrilla war against the Syrians, being succeeded by his son Judas Maccabeus. Because, according to Josephus, Mattathias' great-great-grandfather was called Hasmoneus, the family is often designated Hasmonean rather than Maccabee.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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