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Tomb of the High Priest's Son

Yom Kippur begins Wednesday night. In the days of the Apostles, Yom Kippur was the day that the high priest entered the holy of holies. For a week before Yom Kippur, he remained sequestered in the Temple preparing for the day. On the night before Yom Kippur, he kept vigil through the night, studying the scriptures and preparing for the following day's ceremonies.
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Coinciding with the week before Yom Kippur, Israeli archaeologists excavating at an undisclosed location in Benjamin have discovered a piece of a sarcophagus which belonged to a high priestly family. A very legible Hebrew inscription from what was perhaps the stone lid of the sarcophagus reads, "Son of the High Priest" (בן הכהן הגדול).

You can read the story here.


D. Thomas Lancaster
7 Tishri 5769

About the Author: D. Thomas Lancaster is Director of Education at First Fruits of Zion, the author of the Torah Club programs and several books and study programs. He is also the pastor of Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship in Hudson, WI (www.bethimmanuel.org).

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Interesting, thanks Daniel.

Judah Himango | October 6, 2008 10:45 PM

Does anyone from FFOZ have any input as to what High Priest this sarcophagus may have belonged to? The article suggests Caiaphas, Theophilus (Yedidiya) ben Chanan, Shimon ben Baitus and Chanan ben Chanan from the date.

David C. | October 6, 2008 9:17 PM

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