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Re: orion Code-words and Hanukkah

According to Stephen Goranson > , where > >> are citations of
Judith Romney Wegner, and > >>> are unknown to me = anonymous:

> >At 01:26 PM 11/16/97 -0400, you wrote:

> >>>
> >>>2) Re Hanukkah. Since Maccabees does not mention the miracle of the
> >>>menorah, is it possible sectarians recognized the Hasmonean victory as a
> >>>day of celebration while rejecting the "Pharisaic" injunction to light the
> >>>candles in recognition of the menorah?

> >>
> >>Since the miracle of the oil isn't  mentioned in any literature until
> >>centuries later (not in the Mishnah nor in the Yerushalmi, first mentioned
> >>
> >>Judith Romney Wegner
> >>jrw@brown.edu
> >
> >What about the Feast of Dedication? (John 10:22)
> >
> >Keith Schoville
> And,  to quote one more sentence from the article--well-worth-reading--by
> A.I. Baumgarten (another quotation from which featured early in this thread
> [M. Hengel Festschrift, 1996, I:201]):
> 	"Among the various means employed by the Maccabees to promote their
> acceptance as rulers of the Jews was their encouragement of observance of
> the holiday of Hanukkah (see the two letters at the beginning of 2 Macc.)."
> S. Goranson   goranson@duke.edu

If you look at those two letters at the beginning of 2 Macc, you will find 
*a* miracle of the oil (naphtha). It just isn't *the* miracle of the oil
we expect. 

Sigrid Peterson   UPenn  petersig@ccat.sas.upenn.edu