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VII. The High Priesthood of Jonathan: Part Two (150–145 b.c.e.)

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The aim of this chapter is twofold: First, it is necessary to analyze the way Jonathan implemented his high priestly rule after the death of King Demetrius I Soter in 150 and down to the summer of 145, when a new king sat on Seleucid throne. In order to achieve this it is imperative to further discuss the civil powers of Jonathan and see how they related to his high priesthood. Secondly, it is expedient to study the way the various parties reacted to this process of the consolidation of Jonathan's high priesthood. The following reasons make this chapter important: First, various sources help to uncover certain aspects of the institution of the Hasmonean high priesthood that were not treated in previous studies. Second, these aspects are discussed in light of the Jewish halakhah. Third, the results will further confirm the present argument that Jonathan acted as a Hellenistic/Seleucid archiereus.

Keywords: Hasmonean high priesthood; Hellenistic/Seleucid archiereus; high priesthood of Jonathan; Jewish halakhah; King Demetrius I Soter; Seleucid throne



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