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

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6 Ezra and Nehemiah: The High Priesthood in Fifth-Century Judah

Having reconstructed from Haggai and Zechariah a picture of the high priesthood in the Restoration period, the next step is to attempt to ascertain how the office developed during the later Persian period. This is something for which the books of Ezra and Nehemiah are an obvious source of evidence, since they deal with matters of government and organization in the province of Judah, covering between them the period from the Restoration to the late fifth century. 1 However, the nature of the material contained in Ezra-Nehemiah is complex; the evidence from the Septuagint suggests that at some stage the two books were a single work and that the Lawgiving in Nehemiah 8 belonged with the Ezra material, probably after Ezra 8. 2 In addition it is generally agreed

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Oxford Theological Monographs ii
  • Zadok's Heirs iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I Towards an Understanding of High Priesthood 9
  • 1: High Priesthood According to the Priestly Writer 11
  • Part II High Priesthood to the End of the Exile 41
  • 2: High Priesthood in the Deuteronomistic History 43
  • 3: Mysterious Melchizedek 80
  • 4: Ezekiel: A Vision of Hierocracy? 104
  • Part III High Priesthood in the Persian Period 123
  • 5: High-Priestly Power in Haggai and Zechariah 1-8 125
  • 6: Ezra and Nehemiah 152
  • 7: The Elephantine Papyri 175
  • 8: High Priesthood in the Books of Chronicles 184
  • 9: After the Canon 219
  • Part IV High Priesthood from Alexander to Pompey 241
  • 10: The Hidden Years 243
  • 11: The Maccabean Conquest 266
  • 12: The Hasmonean Dynasty 303
  • Conclusion 328
  • Bibliography 331
  • Index of Textual References 354
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