Mattathias ben Theophilus

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Mattathias ben Theophilus
מתתיהו בן תאופילוס
Diedc. AD 66
Jerusalem, Judea, Roman Empire

Mattathias ben Theophilus (Hebrew: מתתיהו בן תאופילוס‎; c. 60 CE) was the Jewish High Priest (Kohen Gadol) [1] at the start of the Jewish Revolution, and was overthrown by Revolutionary forces.

A minority of scholars believe him to be the same as the Theophilus mentioned in the New Testament books of Luke 1:3 and Acts 1:1.[citation needed] One author argues that Mattathias ben Theophilus was the father of Josephus.[2]


  1. ^ Daniel R. Schwartz. Studies in the Jewish Background of Christianity. J. C. B. Mohr. July 1992. ISBN 978-3-16-145798-2; pp 160-163.
  2. ^ Herodian Messiah by Joseph Raymond (Tower Grove Publishing 2010) at pages 214-17.
Jewish titles
Preceded by
Joshua ben Gamla
High Priest of Israel
Succeeded by
Phannias ben Samuel