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Dedication, Feast of The: (John 10:22,42) i.e., the feast of the renewing. It was instituted B.C.
164 to commemorate the purging of the temple after its pollution by
Antiochus Epiphanes (B.C. 167) and the rebuilding of the altar after
the Syrian invaders had been driven out by Judas Maccabaeus. It lasted
for eight days, beginning on the 25th of the month Chisleu (December),
which was often a period of heavy rains
(Ezra 10:9,13) It was an
occasion of much rejoicing and festivity. But there were other
dedications of the temple.