Mattathias măt˝əthī´əs [key] [Gr. variant of Mattithiah ].
1, 2 Two in Luke's genealogy. 3 Father of the Maccabees . 4 Captain under Jonathan, the Maccabee. 5 Son of Simon, the Maccabee, murdered with his father. 6 Envoy from Nicanor to Judas Maccabeus.
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