Battle of Beth Horon (166 BC)

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Battle of Beth Horon
Part of Maccabean Revolt
Date166 BC
Location
Result Decisive Jewish victory
Belligerents
Judean rebels Seleucid army
Commanders and leaders
Judah Maccabee Seron
Strength
1,000 men 4,000 men
Casualties and losses
Unknown 800

The Battle of Beth Horon was fought in 166 BC[1] between Maccabee forces led by Judah Maccabee and an army of the Seleucid Empire under the command of Seron.[2]

The army led by Judah Maccabee had just won a battle against the Seleucid General Apollonius.[3] Seron spread out his force in anticipation of the Maccabees' guerrilla warfare tactics.

The battle resulted in a decisive victory for the Maccabees, who ultimately defeated the general's leading unit, killing Seron himself;[4] the rest of the Selucid force retreated shortly after.

Another force was soon sent against Maccabees, which led to the Battle of Emmaus.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [Mattis Kantor, "The Jewish Timeline Encyclopedia," (1989: Jason Aronson, Inc., NJ), p.83]
  2. ^ Josephus Antiquities Book 12 Chapter 7 paragraph 1
  3. ^ The Apocrypha: First Book of the Maccabees 3:15-26 [trans. Goodspeed (1959), p. 384-385] and "Judas Maccabeus, Hammer of the Jews", Military Heritage Magazine, February 2009, pg. 49
  4. ^ "Judas Maccabeus, Hammer of the Jews", Military Heritage Magazine, February 2009, pg. 50

Coordinates: 31°53′08″N 35°06′55″E / 31.8855°N 35.1154°E / 31.8855; 35.1154