The Role and Development of the High Priesthood in Ancient Israel
'A timely reminder that traditional methods of scholarship have much to offer... This mature work well repays a careful reading' -Journal for the Study of the Old TestamentThis unique study is the first systematic examination to be undertaken of the high priesthood in ancient Israel, from the earliest local chief priests in the pre-monarchic period down to the Hasmonaean priest-kings in the first century BCE. It discusses material from the Old Testament and Apocrypha, together with contemporary documents and coins. It challenges the view that by virtue of his office the high priest became sole political leader of the Jews in later times.