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Ezra and Nehemiah: The High Priesthood in Fifth‐Century Judah

Deborah W. Rooke

in Zadok's Heirs

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269984
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269986.003.0007

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Ezra and Nehemiah: The High Priesthood in Fifth‐Century Judah

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Examines the books of Ezra and Nehemiah for evidence of how the high priesthood might have developed between the late sixth century and the mid‐fifth century. In both books the high priest appears only in contexts connected with the Temple, and, as Persian envoys to Judah, both Ezra and Nehemiah are able to undertake their missions without reference to the high priest as an indigenous authority figure. The implication is therefore that the high priest's power remained limited to the sphere of the Temple, and that all other matters of provincial administration were dealt with by a Persian‐appointed governor.

Keywords: book of Ezra; Ezra; book of Nehemiah; Nehemiah; Persian‐period Judah

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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