Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Fine Arts of Judas Maccabaeus

Judas Maccabaeus Cultural Highlights

Judas Maccabaeus in Art, Music, Literature, and Theater

Libri Maccabaeorum, a medieval illustrated manuscript (900s AD)
Josephus, illustrations by Jean Fouquet
Chapel of the Dead in Tournai Cathedral, by Rubens
Illustrated English Bible, illustrated by Paul Gustave Dore (1865-7)
Nine Heroes Tapestries, at the Metropolitan Museum (South Netherlands, 1400-1410)


Judas Maccabaeus, an Oratorio by George Frideric Handel (1746)
Song of Judas Maccabeus Before the Battle of Maspha, by Rebekah Hyneman (1816-1875)
The Battle-Cry of the South, by James R. Randall (1860s)

Old English Homilies on The Maccabees, by Aelfric (c. 1000) edited by Stuart D. Lee
El Maccabeo, by Miguel de Silveyra. (Naples, 1638)
La chevalerie de Judas Macabe, by Pierre du Ryer (1600-1658)
Judas Machabaeus, a Neo-Latin text (Rome 1695)
Judas Makkabaeus, by Josef Eduard Konrad Bischoff (Germany 1885)
The Hammer, by Alfred J. Church and Richmond Seeley (1890)
Alilot Gibbor ha-Yehudim Yehudah ha-Makkabi le-Veit ha-Hashmona'im, by Jacob Benjamin Katznelson (1922)
Judas Makkabaeus, ein Kleinvolk kaempft um Glaube und Heimat, by Karl Boxler (1943)
My Glorious Brothers, by Howard Fast (1948)
Yehudah ha-Makkabi in A Layter tsu der Zun, by Moses Schulstein (1954)
Yehudah ha-Makkabi in Sippurim le-Mofet, by Jacob Fichmann (1954)

Judas Maccabaeus, by William Houghton (1601)
Giuda Maccabeo, ossia la morte di Nicanore, an Italian azione sacra (1839)
Judas Maccabaeus, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1872)

Brief Mention
In Divine Comedy, by Dante
In Love's Labour's Lost, by Shakespeare
In Hanukkah in Santa Monica, by Tom Lehrer
In Jerusalem, by Mirah
In Treatise on Twelve Lights, Recourse to the Sword (Ch. 5), by Robert Struble (2007-08)

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

The Shrine of the Maccabees in Germany

SOURCE(S): Judas Maccabaeus, Wikipedia. (

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