In the Bible used by Catholics, a pair of books celebrates an extraordinary Jewish military success that took place in 165 B.C.E. in the land of Israel. Surprisingly those two books are not included in the Hebrew Scriptures; nor do they appear in the Protestant canon. Can you name them? Hint: There is a statue at the United States Military Academy of the hero of that long-ago victory. In fact, the ancient Jewish soldier is the only non-American to merit such an honor at West Point.
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