By Robert (editor) Chazan
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He did not have any function in the Temple service which might support his demand to direct and interpret the rites. On the contrary the sage's only authentication was his teaching and his own embodiment of the burden of his message. He represented a third force in religion, opposed to the two primary elements of charisma and traditional routine. ' 46 STUARTA. COHEN tion hardly explored at all. Carefully selected biblical verses are subjected to close scrutiny,2' and then tendentiously set to a purpose which is as avowedly political as manifestly moralistic.
Moses is singledout for attentionbecausehe is a protagonistof such extraordinarystature and status within the Jewish political tradition. Accordingto the biblical account, not only was he in exceptionallyclose contact with God. Apart from his successor,Joshua, he was also the only humanbeingever to be divinelydesignatedevedadonai(lit. "servantof the Lord,"a title which, in constitutionalterms,carrieswith it the designation of "ChiefMinisterto God"). 3Therein,however,lies the 2. "; Gen. , Num. B.
In the former case, it was the recurrence of dynastic squabbles within the Judean royal household which enabled Jehoiada, the kohen gadol, to reassert his rightful constitutional authority and play a crucial role in the coronation of Joash (as did Hilkiah the kohen gadol in the reforms of Josiah). In the latter, it was the internecine strife between Hyrcanus II and Aristobulus II, leading to the intervention of Pompey, which brought about the accession of Herod - who did not share Yannai's yihus and could not, therefore, possibly continue to function as the principal instrument of the keter kehunah as well as the keter malkhut.
AJS REVIEW The Journal of the Association for Jewish Studies Vol. IX, No. 1 Spring 1984 by Robert (editor) Chazan