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Zadok's HeirsThe Role and Development of the High Priesthood in Ancient Israel$
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Deborah W. Rooke

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269984

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269986.001.0001

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The Hidden Years: High Priesthood Under the Ptolemies

The Hidden Years: High Priesthood Under the Ptolemies

(p.243) 10 The Hidden Years: High Priesthood Under the Ptolemies
Zadok's Heirs

Deborah W. Rooke (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Surveys the limited evidence that is available for the political situation in Judah during the Ptolemaic period. The sources examined are the Yehud coins, an excerpt from Hecataeus of Abdera that is preserved in Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca Historica, 40. 3. 1–8, Rainer papyrus 24552, Josephus, Antiquities xii, the Letter of Aristeas, and the Wisdom of Ben Sira 50. Although the evidence is only indirect, it suggests that the power of the high priesthood would have been limited by the Ptolemaic administrative structures and by the emergence of a powerful, unofficial lay group of aristocracy.

Keywords:   Hecataeus of Abdera, Josephus, Antiquities xii, Letter of Aristeas, Ptolemaic‐period Judah, Rainer papyrus 24552, Wisdom of Ben Sira 50, Yehud coins

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