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Zadok's Heirs: The Role and Development of the High Priesthood in Ancient Israel

Deborah W. Rooke


Traces the development of the Jewish high priesthood, from the earliest local chief priests in the pre‐monarchic period down to the Hasmonean priest‐kings of the first century B.C.E. Using evidence from both biblical and extra‐canonical sources, this book challenges the idea that during the post‐exilic period the high priesthood replaced the monarchy as the focus of civil authority in the community. There is no clear evidence of a high priest with civil as well as cultic power until the second century B.C.E., when the Maccabean leaders Jonathan and Simon took on the high priesthood. However, t ... More

Keywords: Hasmoneans, high priesthood, Maccabeans, post‐exilic period

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269984
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198269986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah W. Rooke, author
King's College London
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