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    Default Why don't Christians celebrate Hannukah?

    Just curious. Isn't Christianity based off Judaism? Why would Hannukah be mutually exclusive?
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    There's a lot of Jewish tradition in the Bible that is not practiced by Christians. Part of it is that culturally, the Jews are a nationality but Christianity is a religion that started with Jesus and almost immediately moved into the non-Jew population. When that happened, there was a huge discussion among those sharing the message about whether or not those who accepted faith in Jesus were required to uphold circumcision and other aspects of the Law (i.e., did they also have to become Jewish)? The answer was no -- faith was all that mattered. With that kind of precedent, the focus of Christianity was always based on Jesus rather a lot of the Jewish tradition. So although the Christians and Jews share a lot of holy writ, they approach it differently.
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    Because we're under the New Covenant, which means a different liturgical calendar. Just like Sunday is the sabbath for us instead of Saturday because that's the day Christ rose from the dead. Although I'll wager there's Jewish Christians who celebrate Hannukah too. Jews often did celebrate Christmas, so much so Hannukah was propped up to be like the Jewish version of Christmas as a gift-giving holiday.

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    The history behind Hanukkah is not found in the Bible but in the Jewish Talmud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mal12345 View Post
    The history behind Hanukkah is not found in the Bible but in the Jewish Talmud.
    IIRC, the Book of Maccabees is where Hanukkah derives from, and that is found in Catholic and Orthodox Bibles but not Protestant ones.

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    Hannukah is kind of a bullshit holiday anyway. It was just made into a big deal so that Jewish people could celebrate in winter as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Although I'll wager there's Jewish Christians...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    IIRC, the Book of Maccabees is where Hanukkah derives from, and that is found in Catholic and Orthodox Bibles but not Protestant ones.
    Wiki says that Hanukkah is "alluded to" in the Book of Maccabees. But the NT also alludes to it, obscurely.
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    @Edgar, they're also known as "Messianic Jews."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    I've met plenty. Some were standard Protestants, while others formed their own denominations.. "Messianic" is what it's called. Although, they're Protestants, more or less. They just keep the Jewish culturalism flavor to their lives. I wonder why that even stopped. The first Christians were this way. In the New Testament, it was one of the more hotly debated subjects between James, Peter, and Paul on whether Christians could even be Gentiles. Now it's the other way around.

    As for Hannukah, it's not exactly one of the most religious holidays. It rooted in political, national type of events.

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