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The Identification of the “Wicked Priest” Reconsidered: The Case for Hyrcanus iiSibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls: John Collins at (2016)
Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, scholars have offered numerous theories concerning the identity of the mysterious figure referred to by the sobriquet “The Wicked Priest”. The resolution of this debate has significant ramifications for reconstructing both the history of the community of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Jewish history. I would like to take up a proposal raised by my former teacher John J. Collins in his recent book, Beyond the Qumran Community, regarding the period when this person was active. In this groundbreaking work, Collins departs from the conventional dating of the Wicked Priest to raise the possibility that he is Hyrcanus II and that he may have been alive when the Qumran pesharim were written. If this proposal is correct, then we have ample historical evidence about this Hasmonean ruler to help us reconstruct the history of the Wicked Priest described in the pesharim and his confrontation with the mysterious Teacher of Righteousness.
Publication DateNovember 15, 2016
Citation InformationKenneth Atkinson. "The Identification of the “Wicked Priest” Reconsidered: The Case for Hyrcanus ii" Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls: John Collins at (2016) p. 68 - 84
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kenneth-atkinson/4/