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Final Conclusions

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This conclusion provides some closing thoughts on the discussions presented in the book. The book, which aims to study the institution of the Hasmonean high priesthood. The proposed task was to investigate on various aspects of this historical process with the result of understanding the nature of this institution. It attempts to understand the significance and the role of the pre-Hasmonean high priesthood in the Seleucid Judea in light of these interrelations. Notwithstanding the tradition that the Jewish high priesthood was regarded as a hereditary office, it was in the sole competence of the Seleucid king to confirm or appoint a high priest in Jerusalem. Many scholars have assumed that the Hasmoneans through their revolt put an end to the "Zadokite" line of high priests. This analysis of the policy, offices and powers of the pre-Hasmonean high priesthood has shown that, while this institution continued to preserve evident ancient biblical/Jewish characteristics, it also underwent significant Hellenistic transformations.

Keywords: biblical/Jewish characteristics; Hasmonean high priesthood; Hellenistic transformations; Jewish high priesthood; Seleucid Judea



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