Contextualizing priestly roles in the formative years of Jerusalem's Second Temple

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The Persian-era Judean Temple compound included a self-administered community of functionaries, and its priests demonstrated departures from those that were described in the earlier Temple. Babylonian temples in the Persian period, I suggest, offer us a meaningful context in which to situate some of the unique features of these priests, among other officials as described in Ezra-Nehemiah. The roles of the priests during the formative period of the Jerusalem Temple saw an evolution that may have been informed by priestly roles in the Persian Empire.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-194
Number of pages16
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023

RAMBI Publications

  • RAMBI Publications
  • Temple of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel) -- History
  • Bible -- Ezra -- Comparative studies
  • Bible -- Nehemiah -- Comparative studies
  • Priests, Jewish -- History


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