Judas also rebuilt the walls round about the city, and reared towers of great height against the incursions of enemies, and set guards therein.
He also fortified the city Bethsura, that it might serve as a citadel against any distresses that might come from our enemies." The story of Hanukkah is alluded to in the book of 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees.
Except in times of danger, the lights were to be placed outside one's door, on the opposite side of the mezuza, or in the window closest to the street.
Rashi, in a note to Shabbat 21b, says their purpose is to publicize the miracle.
since those churches consider the books deuterocanonical.