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Hananias (Ananias)
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Hananias (Ananias), the son of Nedebaeus, was appointed high priest by Herod, king of Chalcis, in 47 ce (Agrippa I and II; Jos. Ant. XX 5.2) and replaced by Ishmael under King Agrippa II in 59 ce (Ant. XX 8.8). Following an altercation between Jews and Samaritans, Ananias was put in chains and sent with a delegation to the Roman emperor Claudius to give an account of himself (Jos. Bell. II 12.6; Ant. XX 6.2). In Acts 23:1–10, Paul faces Ananias during his interrogation by the Sanhedrin (the insult “whitewashed wall” is uttered according to Acts 23:3).…

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Horn, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Hananias (Ananias)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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