The Jews become under control of the Syrian Greeks.
Antiochus ascends the Seleucid throne. Non-Jewish/ Hellenized Jews become high priests to pay for Antiochus' conquest.
Antiochus loots the Beis Hamikdash, the Jews are massacred, and Judaism is made illegal to practice.
Matityahu, a man of many emotions, is set off when he sees a Jews bring a Karbon to other gods. He and his sons begin a rebellion to save B'nai Yisroel. The war begins.
Matisyahu dies and Yehuda, his son, takes over the rebellion.
Yehuda outsmarts Gorgias' army and defeats them. They loot their camp and return to Yerushalaim to rededicate the Beis Hamikdash. They celebrate for eight days and begin to fortify the wall of Yerushalaim.
Yehuda decides to continue to fight. The Jews continue to win many battles but the gentiles do not give up. B'nai Yisroel fight for many years in many great battles and victories. However, in the process, three of Matisyahu's children, including Yehuda, die in battle.
Eleazar falls in battle, thrusting a spear into the belly of war elephant on which he thought the king was riding, the elephant falls on him crushing him death.
Yehuda is killed at the battle of Elasa. Jonathan is assigned the position of leader of the rebellion.
During the reign of Seleucid monarch Demitrius, the Greeks finally have enough of the fighting and sign a peace treaty with Simon, the last survivor of the five sons of Matisyahu.