R.J. Rushdoony summarizes the historical context of the Feast of Dedication in John 10:22:
“(Antiochus) believed that He was God on earth. It was common to believe that the incarnation was in the state and in the person of the ruler. The ruler was either God or about to become God. In Rome, he was declared to be a god at his death by the senate. He assumed that the minute he was made emperor he was in process of becoming a god. When he conquered Judea and Jerusalem, he insisted in putting a statute of himself in the holy of holies…which led to a riot and revolution; a fierce and intense battle which led to the overthrow of the Assyrian regime.”
 R.J. Rushdoony, Lectures on John.