Annas - The Sacerdotal Family

The Sacerdotal Family

  • Annas ben Seth (6–15)
  • Joseph ben Caiaphas (18–36/37), who had married the daughter of Annas (John 18:13)
  • Jonathan ben Ananus (36–37)
  • Theophilus ben Ananus (37–41)
  • Matthias ben Ananus (43)
  • Ananus ben Ananus (63)

References in the Mosaic Law to "the death of the high priest" (Num 35:25, 28) suggest that the high-priesthood was ordinarily held for life. Perhaps for this reason, Annas was still called "high priest" even after his dismissal, along with Caiaphas (Luke 3:2). He also may have been acting as president of the Sanhedrin, or a coadjutor of the high priest.

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