1 Maccabees: Introduction to the Apocrypha, a new 7-week online study, begins Thursday, January 13.  In this study we will read an account of the Maccabean revolt as found in the Apocrypha.  In the mid-second century B.C.E. a group of Jews rose up in revolt against the Seleucid Empire, recaptured Jerusalem and rededicated the Second Temple, leading to the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.  The study will also provide background discussion on the Apocrypha, the setting for the First Book of Maccabees, as well as the Second Temple Period during which it was written. To watch a brief introduction to the course, please click here.

It will not be necessary to have a Bible that includes the Apocrypha to participate in this study.  The passages we will be reading will be included in the handouts on the website. 

Videos will be posted to the website each Friday, and there will be a ZOOM discussion the following Thursday at 6:30pm. The first video session will be available here on Friday, January 7, followed by the Zoom discussion session at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 13.

To join the ZOOM discussion, or if you have additional questions, please contact Charlie Walden or send an email to [email protected]

1 Maccabees: Introduction to the Apocrypha


Session 1: Crisis – ZOOM Discussion Thursday, January 13th, @ 6:30pm
Session 1 Video
Session 1 Handout

Session 2: Response – Judas Maccabeus – ZOOM Discussion Thursday, January 20th, @ 6:30pm
Session 2 Video
Session 2 Handout

Session 3: Judas – ZOOM Discussion Thursday, January 27th, @ 6:30pm
Session 3 Video
Session 3 Handout