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Rebels Fight Syria A Jewish priest along with his five sons led the fight to drive out the Syrians. One of his sons, Judah Maccabeus, led the revolt.

Judah Maccabeus had a difficult task. His tiny fighting force, called the Maccabees, faced the much larger, better-equipped Syrian army. But the Maccabees’ knowledge of the countryside gave them an advantage. In battle after battle, the rebels defeated the Syrian forces. By 164 B.C., the Maccabees had regained control of Jerusalem.

Why did the Jews rebel against their Syrian rulers?

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