Reference: Dedication, Feast Of
Joh 10:22. In "winter," about our December (1Ma 4:52-59; 2Ma 10:5). Commemorating the purging of the temple and rebuilding of the altar after Judas Maccabaeus had driven out the Syrians, 164 B.C. It began on the 25th of Chisleu (December), the anniversary of Antiochus Epiphanes' pollution of the temple 167 B.C. Lasted eight days. Celebrated like the feast of tabernacles with much joy and singing, and with carrying of branches. The Hallel was sung in the temple daily. The feast was called "lights," and there was much illumination of houses. The "dedication of the second temple" was on the 3rd of Adar (Ezr 6:15-16); that of Solomon's temple at the feast of tabernacles (1Ki 8:2; 2Ch 5:3).
An annual Feast to celebrate the dedication of the Temple by Judas Maccabeus after it had been polluted by Antiochus Epiphanes, B.C. 165. Joh 10:22. It commenced on the 25th of the month Chisleu, and lasted eight days. The dedication of the Temple under Ezra was on the 3rd of Adar, Ezr 6:15-16; but this was not made an annual feast. The dedication of the Temple under Solomon was at the Feast of Tabernacles. 1Ki 8:2; 2Ch 5:3.