Eleazar (High Priest)

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Eleazar was a Jewish High Priest (c. 260–245 BC) during the time of the Second Temple. He was the son of Onias I and brother of Simon I.[1]

Eleazar was the high priest involved in communication with Ptolemy II Philadelphus discussed in the Letter of Aristeas. According to the letter, Eleazar sent seventy two scholars, six from each of the tribes of Israel to the island of Pharos, in order to provide the Library of Alexandria with a Greek translation of the Hebrew Law, also called the Septuagint.[2]

He was succeeded by his uncle Manasseh.[3]

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  1. ^ Ingrid Hjelm (1 January 2000). The Samaritans and Early Judaism: A Literary Analysis. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 133–. ISBN 978-1-84127-072-2. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  2. ^ James J. Clauss; Martine Cuypers (17 May 2010). A Companion to Hellenistic Literature. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 419–. ISBN 978-1-4051-3679-2. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  3. ^ H. T. Spence (2010). The Canon of Scripture. Foundations Bible College. pp. 148–. ISBN 978-1-882542-52-9. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
Jewish titles
Preceded by
Simon I
High Priest of Israel
Mid 3rd century BC
Succeeded by
Manasseh