A growing number of Christians are celebrating Hanukkah. Sunday I joined some Christians in Dallas to celebrate this event. We discussed the use of the candles used in the Jewish temple.
Two things I learned:
- The story of Hanukkah is recorded in the books of Maccabees 1 and 2. These books are considered apocryphal which The Free Dictionary defines as "of questionable authorship or authenticity." These books are not included in most Bibles used by Protestants.
- The candles used in the menorah were not intended for reading.
This infographic by Mike Wirth provides a better background of Hanukkah and the traditions that surround this holiday.