Loading...

Simon Maccabeus

SIMON MACCABEUS (sī'mŭn măk'a-bē-ŭs). The second son of the priest Mattathias. He was surnamed Thassi and was the older brother of Judas Maccabeus. With his father and brothers he fought against the Syrians. At his father’s death, he was made the adviser of the family. Eventually, as the last surviving member of the family, he succeeded in defeating the Syrians. He was acknowledged by the Jews as high priest, captain, and leader, and was authorized to wear the purple. In 135 b.c. he was murdered by his son-in-law while visiting the cities of his dominion.