Understanding Hanukkah From a Christian Perspective

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Hanukkah is an eight day celebration that honors the miracle that occurred as the Maccabees worked to clean the temple and rededicate it to God after the army of the king Antiochus IV Epiphanes had desecrated it. Although the Maccabees only had enough oil to burn the lamp for one night, God made the oil last eight nights.

Today, Jewish people around the world celebrate the holiday by lighting candles in a menorah over the course of eight nights.

Here are some resources, articles and videos to help you learn more about Hanukkah!

 

Jesus Lights Menorah Candles for Hanukkah

Should Christians Celebrate Hanukkah?

In this blog post, Lisa Strnad reminds us that as Christians, we can celebrate all of God’s miracles, including the burning of the oil for eight nights. The menorah can help us remember God’s provision in our lives as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus!

 

 

Buck Denver Asks… Why Do We Call It Christmas?

The story behind Christmas, Santa, Hanukkah, holiday traditions and more, giving families a culturally-relevant and Jesus-honoring overview of the Christmas season.

 

 

Menorah lit for Hanakkuh

 Clive & Ian Explain Hanukkah 

Our favorite British brothers explain Hanukkah in their 12 Questions of Christmas video series. Clive explains to Ian that Hanukkah is a holiday that comes before Christmas in history, therefore Jesus celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas celebrates Jesus! After watching the video, read a history of Hanukkah below to learn more about the origins of the holiday.

 

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In this video from Why Do We Call It Christmas?, Sunday School Lady explains the history of Hanukkah. Learn about the Maccabees and how they spent eight days re-dedicating the temple to God.

 

 

Additional Christmas resources from What’s In The Bible?

 

Your family can learn more about the history of Christmas, and how Santa Claus, Christmas Trees and many of our modern holiday traditions point back to Jesus in Phil Vischer’s Buck Denver Asks… Why Do We Call It Christmas? Now streaming on JellyTelly!

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Godfrey Vaaltyn
Godfrey Vaaltyn

Why is it than that only jews celebeate it,or why is it not part of our Christian calendar..

Godfrey Vaaltyn
Godfrey Vaaltyn

Ok...but i dnt like anything anti- Christian...ocontradictory to Christianity,thnx

Godfrey Vaaltyn
Godfrey Vaaltyn

I only...and will only celebrate my...Christian events....

Ginny Smith
Ginny Smith

Yes I would and I would hope they would celebrate Christmas with me

Annie Ceren
Annie Ceren

Yes, people get this confused so often because they do not understand each book was written to different audiences at different times.

Liz Cogswell
Liz Cogswell

He celebrated all The Jewish traditions.....He was one Himself

Umfundi
Umfundi

Hanukkah is more than just a festival. If the Jewish people at that time had not resisted the terrible persecution of Hellenism and courageously fought odds far greater than themselves, they would have been totally overwhelmed, defeated and destroyed. This was the plan of the devil for then there would have been no Savior or Christmas! The Bible promise of Jesus born in Bethlehem, of the tribe of Judah, the King of the Jews, would have been unfulfilled. We would have no salvation and the whole world would be lost for ever. The Jews gave us salvation and we owe them a great debt. They paid a huge price.

The present rise of hate and persecution against Israel, and Jews in general, is another attempt by the evil one to stop the return of the Holy One for he will come back to Jerusalem, the City of the great King. May there be Christian believers today who have the same courage as the Maccabees and who will stand against the tide of evil that threatens to destroy Israel, the Church, and the nations worldwide.

Diana Coetzee
Diana Coetzee

No. Bible tells us not to partake in vain traditions of man.