High Priesthood in the Books of Chronicles

Deborah W. Rooke

in Zadok's Heirs

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269984
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600722 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

High Priesthood in the Books of Chronicles

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Discusses the presentation of the high priesthood in the Chronicler's post‐exilic version of the history of the monarchy, as compared with the Deuteronomistic History. The material on high (or chief) priesthood in Chronicles is treated in three sections: genealogies, narratives of chief priests in the David–Solomon period (Zadok, Abiathar, Ahimelech), and narratives of chief priests in the post‐Solomonic period (Amariah, Jehoiada, Azariah I, Azariah II, Hilkiah). A short discussion of the terminology used for the main priestly figure. Concludes that, despite Chronicles’ pro‐priestly bias, the chief priests in Chronicles have no higher a status in political affairs than they do in the Deuteronomistic History. This implies that Chronicles neither reflects nor is advocating a hierocracy.

Keywords: books of Chronicles; chief priests during the monarchy; genealogies; terminology for high priests; Zadok

Chapter.  16534 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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