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Kaiphas. Der Hohepriester jenes Jahres: Geschichte und Deutung
Metzner, Rainer

Leiden: Brill, 2010 pp. xviii + 482 + 22 illus.. $230.00

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Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, 75


Description: The high priest Caiaphas is one of the important figures in biblical history who received little attention or sympathy in the judgement of posterity. Since the time of the old church the highest representative of the Jewish society in the time of Jesus was assessed as a wicked enemy of Jesus and the leading apostles in Jerusalem. This image obscures the religious and political efficiency of a man, who worked with great success in his office for a long period of eighteen years. What do we know about the historical Caiaphas? And what is the image of this man in the New Testament and afterwards? The present study tries to answer these questions in view of the history, the exegesis and the reception history.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Early Church Origins

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Review by Thomas Bergholz
Published 2/8/2013
Citation: Thomas Bergholz, review of Rainer Metzner, Kaiphas. Der Hohepriester jenes Jahres: Geschichte und Deutung, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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