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Caiaphas The High Priest

As the Roman-appointed high priest who had a hand in orchestrating Jesus' crucifixion, Caiaphas secured his place in infamy alongside Pontius Pilate. But who was Caiaphas really?Adele Reinhartz offers a thorough reconsideration of Caiaphas in the Gospels and other ancient texts as well as in subsequent visual arts, literature, film, and drama. The portrait that emerges challenges long-held beliefs about this New Testament figure by examining the background of the high priesthood and exploring the relationships among the high priest, the Roman leadership, and the Jewish population. Reinhartz does not seek to exonerate Caiaphas from culpability in the crucifixion, but she does expand our understanding of Caiaphas's complex religious and political roles in biblical literature and his culturally loaded depiction in ongoing Jewish-Christian dialogue.
Adele Reinhartz is professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Ottawa. Her many books include Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (2002), Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (2002), Jesus, Judaism, and Christian Anti-Judaism: Reading the New Testament after the Holocaust (2009), and Common Judaism: Explorations in Second Temple Judaism (Fortress Press, 2008; pb 2011), co-edited with Wayne O. McCready. D. Moody Smith is George Washington Ivey Professor Emeritus of New Testament at The Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
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