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Hanukkah (the Festival of Lights or Festival of Dedication) is a Jewish holiday. It lasts for eight days and is usually celebrated in late November or December.

There is no reference to Hanukkah in the Tanakh (the Hebrew version of the Old Testament). Rather, Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem on November 21, 165 BC, as ordered by Judah Maccabee, shortly after Judea became an independent nation under the Maccabees. The story of the Maccabean Rebellion is included in 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees, which are part of the deuterocanon.

Jesus preached in Solomon's Porch (part of the Temple) on Hanukkah (John 10), shortly after healing a blind man on the Sabbath (John 9:14; John 10:21). A crowd of Jews asked if Jesus was indeed the Messiah. Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you don't believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, these testify about me." (John 10:22-25) The crowd wished to stone Jesus for blasphemy, but Jesus answered them and escaped from their hand. (John 10:33-39)

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