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This introduction provides an overview of the key concepts discussed in the book. The book which focuses on the institution of the Hasmonean high priesthood. It analyzes the various aspects of this historical process with the result of understanding the probable reasons that contributed to its final success. It concentrates on the reconstruction of the historical process that led to this institution, down to the year 140. It opens the analysis on the institution of the Hasmonean high priesthood. The period under question is roughly between the year 200 and the end of 167. The book deals with the events between 166 and early 162, when the high priest Menelaus was arrested and executed. It covers in full the high priesthood of Alcimus between early 162 and 159. It then focuses on the so-called intersacerdotium period, namely between 159 and 152. It also investigates the appointment of Jonathan as high priest by King Alexander I Balas.

Keywords: Hasmonean high priesthood; high priest Jonathan; high priest Menelaus; high priesthood of Alcimus; intersacerdotium period; King Alexander I Balas



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