This book deals with the Jewish High Priesthood between 301-152 BCE. The research was carried out as part of a doctoral thesis at the Pontifical Gregorian University. It is of a historical-biblical-theological nature. Historical, in as much as it refers to a chronological period and to the historiographic sources; biblical and theological because it questions a Biblical institution, its meaning and its religious function. The history of the High Priesthood is analysed on the basis of conflicting documents, starting from the question of power and the autonomy of the high priests under the rule of the Ptolemies and the Seleucids. However, the historical reconstruction is strongly determined by the political ideology and theological vision of the available sources on this subject.
Maria Brutti graduated in Classic Literature at the University of Rome (1967). From 1967-2001 she was a teacher of Italian and Latin at the High School of Viterbo. She has a Licentiate in Biblical Sciences from the Pontifical Biblical Commission (1996) and is currently teaching NT Studies at the Theological Institute of Viterbo.
All those interested in intellectual history, the history of the Jewish High Priesthood, the history of Hellenistic Judaism, as well as Semitists and classical Philologists, and Theologians.