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Bibil Identifier bibil:230708
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Priest and the Great King
Title (English, ) Temple-Palace Relations in the Persian Empire
Author Fried, Lisbeth S.
Series Biblical and Judaic Studies (Volume: 10)
Year (Publication) 2004
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2004
Year (Copyright) 2004
Year (Reference) 2004
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 1093
Place 22:931
Publishing house Eisenbrauns
Place Winona Lake, Indiana
ISBN 1-57506-090-6
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xv Pages
266 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract Lisbeth S. Fried's insightful study investigates the impact of Achaemenid rule on the political power of local priesthoods during the 6th–4th centuries B.C.E. Scholars typically assume that, as long as tribute was sent to Susa, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, subject peoples remained autonomous. Fried's work challenges this assumption. She examines the inscriptions, coins, temple archives, and literary texts from Babylon, Egypt, Asia Minor, and Judah and concludes that there was no local autonomy. The only people with power in the Empire were Persians and their appointees. This was true for Judah as well. The High Priest had no real power; there was no theocracy. The wars that periodically engulfed the Levant in the fourth century temporarily pulled the ruling governors and satraps away from Judah, and during these times, the Judean priesthood may have capitalized on the brief absence of Persian officials to mint coins, but they achieved their longed-for independence only much later, under the Maccabees.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : High Priest
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Persian Period
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Temple
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Babylon : History and Civilization : 1st millennium : Dominion of the New Babylonian Empire : Nabonidus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Persia : History and Civilization : 1st millennium : Cyrus (=Cyrus II, 551-529)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Persian Period : Nehemiah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Persian Period : Ezra
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Babylon : History and Civilization : 1st millennium : Persian Period
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : Late Period (21th-30th Dynasties)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Asia Minor (Hittites, Hurrians) : Asia Minor (in general) : History and Civilization : 1st millennium
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