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high priest

1. Judaism the priest of highest rank who alone was permitted to enter the holy of holies of the tabernacle and Temple
2. Mormon Church a priest of the order of Melchizedek priesthood
3. the head of a group or cult
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In what follows, I propose instead that, in relation to the dearth of nominees for the high priesthood in Aphrodisias, contributions to the aqueduct were not the problem but the solution.
Yet, there is little doubt that the spiritual heirs of the Pharisees disputed the Maccabean claims to the High Priesthood and the monarchy--and were repelled by the cruel acts of Alexander Janneus during the civil war in Judea.
No wonder the secular high priesthood needs a federal judge to outlaw any possible mentioning in public schools that there might be a divine origin to life, rather than the blind-chance presupposition of Darwinists (as happened in the Pennsylvania case referred to above).
This nonsense must have raised a few smiles within knowledgeable Christian circles as it would have within orthodox Judaism - a woman raised to the high priesthood of ancient Israel!
BY REVEALING THE ACCIDENTS, compromises, and guesswork involved in dealing with international financial turmoil, Blustein goes a long way toward dispelling the IMF's well-cultivated image as a font of macroeconomic wisdom--a "high priesthood" of finance, as Blustein puts it.
Cheltenham Town go to the Kassam Stadium as Oxford United's guinea pigs today in the first game to be played at the jinxed ground since it was visited by the high priesthood, writes Michael Ward.
Evidence of the sudden material wealth of the high priesthood and the Herodian aristocracy has been linked to the disintegration of Judean society.
Beckwith dates Joiakim's high priesthood to 495, and his conception presumably thirty years earlier: the intermarriage scandals are in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, a good jubilee later.
Canadian women have now entered the high priesthood of the avant garde (Patricia Gruben, Kay Armatage, Midi Onodera), pioneered hybrid forms (Brenda Longfellow, Cynthia Scott), added new rigour and sophistication to the documentary (Terre Nash, Gail Singer, Alanis Obomsawin, Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman, to name only a few), and carried on sustained feature filmmaking careers (Lea Pool, Patricia Rozema, Anne Wheeler, Micheline Lanctot, Sandy Wilson, Deepa Mehta).
The lowest floor, reserved for the high priesthood of researchers, contains a monastic ambulatory around the perimeter of the secret inner courtyard.
If scientists had said once again that queers were deficient or sick, the high priesthood of military morale would have found that useful and raised it to the realm of dogma; and likewise, if sociologists had revealed a queer propensity toward insubordination, then that much more authority could be mustered behind military excommunications.