Caiaphas the High Priest (Studies on Personalities of the New Testament)

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Adele Reinhartz offers a thorough reconsideration of Caiaphas in the Gospels and other ancient texts as well as in subsequent visual arts, literature, film, and drama. The portrait that emerges challenges long-held beliefs about this New Testament figure by examining the background of the high priesthood and exploring the relationships among the high priest, the Roman leadership, and the Jewish population.

Reinhartz does not seek to exonerate Caiaphas from culpability in the crucifixion, but she does expand our understanding of Caiaphas's complex religious and political roles in biblical literature and his culturally loaded depiction in ongoing Jewish-Christian dialogue.

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By clarifying the role of the high priest in Second Temple Judaism and by explicating the historical evidence on Caiaphis as the longest serving high priest of post-Herodian Judea, Reinhartz offers a more balanced assessment of his motives and role in the death of Jesus. This insightful reevaluation of Caiaphas also allows for a new appreciation of the challenge Jesus posed to the high priest's authority under Roman rule, and thus Reinhartz's work advances our understanding of both Caiaphas and Jesus as biblical and historical figures.

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Adele Reinhartz is Professor of religious studies at the University of Ottawa. Her many books include Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (2002), Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (2002), Jesus, Judaism, and Christian Anti-Judaism: Reading the New Testament after the Holocaust (2009), and Common Judaism: Explorations in Second Temple Judaism (Fortress Press, 2008; pb 2011), co-edited with Wayne O. McCready.

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