Zadok's Heirs: The Role and Development of the High Priesthood in Ancient Israel by Deborah W. RookeZadok's Heirs: The Role and Development of the High Priesthood in Ancient Israel by Deborah W. Rooke

Zadok's Heirs: The Role and Development of the High Priesthood in Ancient Israel

byDeborah W. Rooke

Paperback | September 30, 2012

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This 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. Deborah Rooke argues that, contrary to receivedscholarly opinion, the high priesthood was fundamentally a religious office which in and of itself bestowed no civil responsibilities upon its holders, and that not until the time of the Maccabean revolt does the high priest appear as the sole figure of leadership for the nation. However, even theMaccabean/Hasmonaean high priesthood was effectively a reversion to the monarchic model of sacral kingship which had existed several centuries earlier in the pre-exilic period, rather than being an extension of the powers of the high priesthood itself. The idea that high priesthood per se bestowedthe power to rule should therefore be reconsidered.
Dr. Deborah W. Rooke is Research Fellow in Bible and Music at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent's Park College at the University of Oxford.
Title:Zadok's Heirs: The Role and Development of the High Priesthood in Ancient IsraelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:September 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199661111

ISBN - 13:9780199661114


Table of Contents

IntroductionI: Towards an Understanding of High Priesthood1. High Priesthood According to the Priestly WriterII: High Priesthood to the End of Exile2. High Priesthood in the Deuteronomistic History3. Mysterious Melchizedek4. Ezekiel: A Vision of Hierocracy?Part II: SummaryIII: High Priesthood in the Persian Period5. High-Priestly Power in Haggai and Zechariah 1-86. Ezra and Nehemiah: The High Priesthood in Fifth-Century Judah7. The Elephantine Papyri8. High Priesthood in the Books of Chronicles9. After the Canon: the Later Persian PeriodPart III: SummaryIV: High Priesthood from Alexander to Pompey10. The Hidden Years: High Priesthood under the Ptolemies11. The Maccabean Conquest: Jonathan and Simon the Maccabees12. The Hasmonean Dynasty: John Hyrcanus and his SuccessorsPart IV: SummaryConclusion

Editorial Reviews

"Deborah Rooke offers detailed and carefully ordered investigations of a wide range of primary source materials ... Her comprehension of this vast array of writings, her familiarity with the secondary literature about them and the erudition she so often displays make this a truly remarkablebook, not least for the amount and quality of the information it has to offer ... This is a book which no student of the Jewish priesthood can afford to ignore." --Robert Hayward, Biblical Interpretation