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IX. The High Priesthood of Simon (142–140 b.c.e.)

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This chapter concentrates on the situation around the Hasmonean high priestly office left vacant by Jonathan. It then analyzes the way in which Simon subsequently became military leader and high priest. The study of the early high priesthood of Simon is important for at least four reasons. First, according to a decree issued by an assembly of priests and other Jews in 140, Simon was given consent to act as high priest. This happened apparently after he was first "appointed" high priest by "the people" (1 Macc 14:35) and "confirmed" by King Demetrius II. Second, why did Simon need such a public decree? Third, the process by which Simon became high priest helps clarify certain aspects in relation to the high priesthood of Jonathan. Four, how did the decisions of this assembly contribute to the institution of the Hasmonean high priesthood?

Keywords: assembly of priests; Hasmonean high priestly office; high priesthood of Jonathan; high priesthood of Simon; King Demetrius II; military leader



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