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Nasi
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Nasi, Hebrew נָשִׂיא, “leader,” “prince.” In Numbers nasi is the title of a leader or the head of a family or tribe (Num 3:24, 30, 35; also Num 2:3–39 and passim); in Ezek 34:24 and 37:25 it represents an eschatological enhancement of the king's title. The “nasi of the whole community” mentioned in the Damascus Document and elsewhere (CD VII 18–21) plays a special role in the war of the end time. A similar understanding underlies the coins and documents that name Bar Kosiba (Bar Kokhba Revolt) the “nasi of Israel.” There is no evidence for the use of nasi as the title of a rabb…

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Jacobs, Martin, “Nasi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024022>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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