Onias I BEN JADDUAH ha-Levi, High Priest (c.320-280BCE)
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Simon I "the Just" BEN ONIAS ha-Levi, High Priest (c.280-260BCE)
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Onias II BEN SIMEON ha-Levi, High Priest (c.240-218BCE)
(-Abt 181 B.C.)

 

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Onias II BEN SIMEON ha-Levi, High Priest (c.240-218BCE)

  • Died: Abt 181 B.C.

   General Notes:

He was still a minor when his father died, so that his uncle Eleazar, and after him the latter's uncle Manasseh, officiated as high priests before he himself succeeded to that dignity.

According to Josephus, he was a covetous man and of limited intelligence, whose refusal to pay the twenty talents of silver which every high priest was required to pay to the King of Egypt threatened to imperil both the high priest and the people; but at this juncture Joseph, the clever son of Tobias and nephew of Onias, succeeded in pacifying King Ptolemy III (Euergetes). Onias is said to have died, almost simultaneously with his nephew Joseph, during the reign of Seleucus Soter hence about 181 BCE.

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