Battle of Emmaus

Battle of Emmaus
Part of the Maccabean Revolt
Date 166 BC[1]
Location near Emmaus
Result Jewish victory
Belligerents
Maccabees Seleucid Empire
Commanders and leaders
Judas Maccabeus Nicanor and Ptolemy the son of Dorymenes
Strength
c. 3,000 At least 5,000
Casualties and losses
Minimal 3,000

The Battle of Nicanor.[3]

Contents

  • Battle 1
  • See also 2
  • Footnotes 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • External links 5

Battle

Gorgias established his base camp at the town of Emmaus camp, into units resembling a regular army, with units of 10, 50, 100, and 1,000. They set up a fortified camp on the south side of Emmaus. Judas addressed his men, urging them to fight valiantly, "for it is better for us to die in battle than to see the evils of our nation, and of the holies. Nevertheless, as it shall be the will of God in heaven, so be it done." Though he spoke these words, Judas Maccabeus was seeking victory, not death and glory through martyrdom.

The Gentiles defeated, Judas's army pursued them in their flight, harrying the rear until almost 3,000 were left dead.

Gorgias returned to Emmaus Nicopolis

Footnotes

  1. ^ This date is wrong since the Maccabee rebellion was not until 140 BCE according to Jewish reckoning and information with Jewish sources (Talmud). [Mattis Kantor, "The Jewish Timeline Encyclopedia," (1989: Jason Aronson, Inc., NJ), p.83]
  2. ^ This date is wrong since the Maccabee rebellion was not until 140 BCE according to Jewish reckoning and information with Jewish sources (Talmud). [Mattis Kantor, "The Jewish Timeline Encyclopedia," (1989: Jason Aronson, Inc., NJ), p.83]
  3. ^ Machabeus 1 ch 3 verse 38

Bibliography

External links

  • 1 Maccabees
  • Battle of Emmaus
  • The Battle of Emmaus


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