Literature, Music and Art
Song of Judas Maccabeus Before the Battle of Maspha by Pennsylvania Jewish convert Rebekah Hyneman (1816-1875)
"The Battle-Cry of the South" by James R. Randall, a hodge-podge of emotion ancient references in support of the Confederacy, with the refrain:
"To arms! to arm! for the South needs help,
Dante, Inferno 19.31ff. on Pope Nicholas III, described as the "new Jason, the high priest, whom we read about in Maccabees."
Judas Maccabaeus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1872). Antiochus to Jason:
"As thou wast Joshua once and now art Jason,
Old English Homilies on The Maccabees by Aelfric (c. 1000) edited by Stuart D. Lee. No translation.
Interesting piece on the "Nine Worthies" of medieval western art, particularly tapestries, by Caleb Hanson (Kali Harlansson). Judas Maccabeus together with Joshua, David formed the Jewish worthies. The nine are often pictured together on tapestries.
Metropolitan Museum: "Nine Heroes Tapestries" (South Netherlandish, ca. 14001410) with textual description and context. Which are missing?
Handel's Judas Maccabeus
"Lo, the Conquering Hero Competh" Jewish Heritage Online Magazine, includes a Jewish-German adaptation of a section of Handel, and an excellent explanation why Handel would have composed a Judas Maccabeus in honor of the Duke of Cumberland, returning from a campaign against Jacobites in Scotland.
"Judas ... unifies a nation disrupted from within by Hellenizers co-opting foreign hellenizing Syrian forces. Similarly, the Duke of Cumberland unifies a nation disrupted from within by Jacobites co-opting foreign French Catholic forces."
Review of the 1972 English Chamber Orchestra / Wandsworth School Boy's Choir version, by Robert Hugill (out of print)
Hymn based on the "Israelites' Hymn of Thanksgiving" from Handel's Judas Maccabeus. The tune in various formats from Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary.
Review of 2001 Manchester performance. Review by John Woodford.
Maccabees and Music. One of the higher Google entries for the topic, this site is devoted to arguing (well, asserting) that music is the root of all heresy, not to mention intimately connected to Sodomy. It's nigh-impenetrable, strewn with bad grammar, colors, bolds, etc. I particularly object to all the Greek, which I'm quite sure the author doesn't really understand.