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From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile Hardcover – October 1, 2004

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James Vander Kam is John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is the author of numerous works, including The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (1994), Calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls (1998), From Revelation to Canon (2000), An Introduction to Early Judaism (2001), The Book of Jubilees (2001), and The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls (with Peter Flint, 2002).

James VanderKam, John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of The Dead Sea Scrolls Today.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800626176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800626174
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not is a history of the development of Judaism from 537 BCE to 70 CE. And, it is also not a history of the second Judean state. It will inform the reader about both these broad topics only as collateral matter pertaining to its main concern which is the high priests of the second temple in Jerusalem. Therefore, this book is definitely not a starting point for students interested in second temple Judaism. I believe to get the most out of this book a reader should come equipped with an in depth knowledge of the topics described above as well as a substantial grasp of the history of the ancient near east. With this in mind, a reader possessed of the above prerequisites will find this book an extremely challenging explication of almost all the material available on the topic as of its date of publication. Vanderkam nearly exhausts every known source on the high priests of the second temple, and his meticulous presentation of this material will be invaluable to any serious researcher in the area. The bibliography at least contains the name of almost every modern scholar who has written on second temple Judaism in English, German, and Hebrew, and the author is fully engaged with their scholarship throughout this work. The ancient sources and their languages are handled with expertise including the Tannaitic and Rabbinic literature.

This is a dense work by a mature scholar who displays an easy grasp of the subject material under discussion. The organization is chronological and is sensibly broken up into five chapters. The first of which is actually an introduction followed by chapters on the Persian period, the early Hellenistic period, the Hasmonean period, and finally the Herodian Age.
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From Joshua To Caiaphas: High Priests After The Exile by James C. VanderKam (John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, University of Notre Dame) is a comprehensive, 548-page history of the high priests who served in the Second Temple period of Israel and their influence and importance in understanding early Judaism. A masterpiece of scholarship and research, Professor VanderKam writes with a distinctive clarity that allows even the non-specialist general reader to come away with a comprehensive and coherent understanding of Temple Judaism as represented by the fifty-one men who served as high priest from about 515 BCE down to 70CE when the Jerusalem temple was destroyed by the Romans. No Old Testament Studies, Israelite History, or Judaic Studies collection can be considered either comprehensive or complete without the inclusion of this impressive and seminal work. Also very highly recommended are Professor VanderKam's previous contributions: The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (1994); An Introduction To Early Judaism (2001); The Book Of Jubilees (2001); and The Meaning Of The Dead Sea Scrolls (which was co-authored with Peter Flinte, 2002).
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Prof Van DerKam's work is an excellently organized track of the (largely Josephus') chronology of post-Exilic Jewish High Priests. Where there are other sources, such as the Acts of the Apostles, we may need to examine our assumptions however.
I was struck that Phineas, the last recorded high priest selected by "lot" (or "elected?) was "naught but a stonecutter" installed by the Zealots.
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I had been searching for just this information for several years. Many thanks to the author and to his supporting staff.

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From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests After the Exile by James VanderKam (Augsburg Fortress Publishers) For a relatively thorough account of Second Temple Judaism, VanderKam's work is likely to become a well regarded explanation of this seminal period in Jewish and Christian studies of origins.
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