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Hannas
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(Annas; in Jos.: Ananos), high priest, the son of Sethi. Annas was installed as high priest in 6 ce by the Roman legate of Syria Quirinius (Jos. Ant. XVIII 26) and deposed in 15 ce by the Roman procurator Valerius Gratus (Ant. XVIII 34) although he continued to bear the title (Luke 3:2, Acts 4:6). From his family, five other sons (Ant. XX 198) held the office of high priest, including Annas II who was responsible for the death of James, brother of Jesus (62 ce), and, according to John 18:13, also his son-in-law Caiaphas (18–36 ce). According to the Johannine passion narrativ…

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Horn, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Hannas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_09323>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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