The historical context for the story is provided in the introduction by Warren H. Carroll. Thus, this inspiring true story is more accessible to all.
The underlying truths about faith, prayer, and God's love for his people can be realized from the reading of this oft overlooked book.
This is an epic tale of war, heroism, treachery, and tragedy. It is from a time when God and religion were the center of existence for all men and women. This is a story of a woman and the strength she gave her seven sons. It is the story of an old man who realized manhood and wisdom meet in old age. It is the story of a man and his five sons who left everything and sacrificed their lives to restore God's laws. But mostly it is a tale of the power of faith and prayer- of God's hand in man's work.
The story of the family known as the Maccabees took place in the 2nd century before the birth of Christ, when the children of Israel were being persecuted by the Gentiles. Out of Israel one family rose up a father and his five sons to lead the Jews to victory over the persecutors and to restore the Temple that had been profaned by them. One of the Maccabees brothers, Judas, was surnamed Machebeus - that is, the hammer - and thus the family takes on his name as God's Hammer against the enemies of His people.
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