If you take the Old Latin Vulgate it reads ‘spatio stadiorum sexaginta,’ the Distance from Jerusalem to Emmaus. A stadium, from the Greek stadion, is supposed to be a length of 200-202 yards, although a measure of an actual similar Greek track had a length of 210 yards. Sexaginta is obviously 60, so that gives a distance of about 6.8-6.9 miles under roman measure or 7.2 under Greek. The bible was supposed to have originally been written in Greek, so 210 yards may be more accurate if the later author took stadium equivalent to stadion, but there is quite a big variation by as much as 15% plus or minus on distances using the old methods, so you could end up with an range between 5.8 and 8.3 miles and more being the difference between edge to edge and centre to centre, especially if you are not sure where 2000 year old Jerusalem starts and finishes.

It was known from the battle of Emmaus where Judas Maccabeus or Yehudah ha-Makabi (Judas the hammer), the son of a priest, won a decisive battle against the Seleucids and went on to restoring re-sanctifying the Temple of Jerusalem, possibly re-instating the Ark, his brother Jonathan Apphus as high priest, which is remembered in the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. It’s a very vague link, but there is a definite one throughout to the Temple of Jerusalem, and to the early books of the Maccabees. It makes you wonder why Judas considered Emmaus to be so important.