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Ananus ben Ananus
Sect Sadducee
Temple Temple of Jerusalem
Other name(s) Hanan ben Hanan, Ananus ben Artanus
Personal
Died 68
Jerusalem
Senior posting
Based in Jerusalem
Title High Priest of Israel (until deposed in 63, then "High Priest")
Predecessor Joseph Cabi ben Simon
Successor Jesus ben Damneus

Ananus ben Ananus (Hebrew: חנן בן חנן Hanan ben Hanan Greek: Ἀνάνου Ἄνανος "Ananos son of Ananos" var: Ananias, Latin: Anani Ananus or Ananus filius Anani), d. 68 CE, was a Herodian-era High Priest of Israel in Jerusalem, Iudaea Province. He is most well known as the high priest who ordered the execution by stoning of James the Just. However, popular opinion against Hanan due to this act led the recently-appointed Roman governor Lucceius Albinus to depose the high priest, after only three months. Ananus was succeeded by Jesus ben Damneus, who was himself deposed before the end of the year.

Josephus considered Ananus "unique in his love for liberty and an enthusiast for democracy" and as an "effective speaker, whose words carried weight with the people" [1]

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Stoning of James and Aftermath

Ananus, who, as we have told you already, took the high priesthood, was a bold man in his temper, and very insolent; he was also of the sect of the Sadducees, who are very rigid in judging offenders, above all the rest of the Jews, as we have already observed; when, therefore, Ananus was of this disposition, he thought he had now a proper opportunity [to exercise his authority]. Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrim of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others, [or, some of his companions]; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned: but as for those who seemed the most equitable of the citizens, and such as were the most uneasy at the breach of the laws, they disliked what was done; they also sent to the king [Agrippa], desiring him to send to Ananus that he should act so no more, for that what he had already done was not to be justified; nay, some of them went also to meet Albinus, as he was upon his journey from Alexandria, and informed him that it was not lawful for Ananus to assemble a sanhedrim without his consent. Whereupon Albinus complied with what they said, and wrote in anger to Ananus, and threatened that he would bring him to punishment for what he had done; on which king Agrippa took the high priesthood from him, when he had ruled but three months, and made Jesus, the son of Damneus, high priest.[2]

Activites After Being Deposed

After ben Hanan was deposed as high priest, he continued to exercise leadership. "Under the guidance of former high priest Ananus ben Ananus, they [the Sanhedrin] exhorted the populace for support against the radical priestly Zealots, as these 'persuaded those who officiated in the Temple sacrifices to accept no gift or services from a foreigner' (BJ II, 409-414)."[3] Later, he marshaled recruits to fight the Zealots, resulting in the Zealot Temple Siege.

Death

Ananus ben Ananus, commanding the Jews during the Zealot Temple Siege, was killed by the Edomites when they were let into Jerusalem by the Zealots.

References

  1. ^ Josephus (c. 75). The Jewish War.   as cited in Feldman, Louis H.; Hata, Gōhei (1989). Josephus, the Bible, and History. E.J. Brill. p. 203. ISBN 9004089314.  
  2. ^ Josephus. "Book 20 §197". The Antiquities of the Jews.  
  3. ^ Feldman, Louis H.; Hata, Gōhei (1989). Josephus, the Bible, and History. E.J. Brill. p. 203. ISBN 9004089314.  
Preceded by
Joseph Cabi ben Simon
High Priest of Israel Succeeded by
Jesus ben Damneus
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Hanan ben Hanan (Greek: Ἀνάνου Ἄνανος "Ananos son of Ananos" var: Ananias, Latin: Anani Ananus or Ananus filius Anani, d. 68 CE) was a high priest of Herodian-era Iudaea Province. He ruled for a few short months in AD 63 (Jewish War Book 4, Chapters 3-5). He is most well known as the high priest who ordered the execution by stoning of James the Just (Antiquities of the Jews Book 20, Chapter 9). However, popular opinion against Hanan due to this act led the recently-appointed Roman governor Lucceius Albinus to depose the high priest. Ben Hanan was succeeded by Jesus son of Damneus, who was also deposed before the end of the year. Hanan was killed when the Edomites were let into Jerusalem by the Zealots and carried out a great massacre.


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