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From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile

Author: 
James C. VanderKam (Author)
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Description

Beginning late in the Old Testament period and continuing for the next six hundred years, the Jewish high priests were often the most important members of Jewish society. They not only possessed religious authority but also exercised political control. This book gathers and assesses the surviving evidence about each of the fifty-one men who served as high priest from about 515 BCE until approximately 70 CE when the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.
ISBN: 
9780800626174
Price: 
$35.00
Release date: 
October 4, 2004
Pages: 
568
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

"James VanderKam has written the first complete history of the high priests in the Second Temple period. Like all VanderKam's work, this is marked by clarity of style, thoroughness of coverage and sound judgment. An indispensable reference work for the study of Second Temple Judaism."
—John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale Divinity School

"An extremely significant comprehensive study of the high priesthood of the Second Temple. It is becoming increasingly clear how all-important the priesthood was in early Judaism. This study is now the indispensable starting point for sorting through the texts and research on this topic."
— David M. Carr, Author of Writing on the Tablet of the Heart

"VanderKam shows how to sustain a historical narrative while presenting the detailed exegesis and nuanced judgments that inform and support it. His meticulous research brings to life in their contexts the influential personages who populate the world of the Apocrypha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the New Testament, and Josephus and provides fresh insights and historical refinements for students of Second Temple Judaism and first-century Christianity. A Mature piece of historical analysis."
— George W. E. Nickelsburg, Author of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins

Excerpts

"The primary purpose of this history of the high priests in the Second Temple age has been to gather and assess all of the available information about each one of them, from Joshua in the late sixth century BCE to Phannias during the Jewish revolt against Rome (66—70 CE). A secondary aim has been to investigate the status of these high-ranking officials — specifically whether they also wielded civic authority....

It is worth emphasizing what this book is and is not. It is a history of the Second Temple high priests; it is not a history of the priesthood.... The book is not primarily a history of the Second Temple period, although the history regularly impinges on the narrative and provides the organizing principle of the presentation."
— from the Preface

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
  1. Beginnings
  2. High Priests of the Persian Period
  3. High Priests in the Early Hellenistic Period
  4. The Hasmonean High Priests (153-37 BCE)
  5. The High Priests in the Herodian Age (37 BCE to 70 CE)
List of High Priests
Bibliography
Index of Ancient People
Index of Ancient Sources